the gibbes museum of art
Portrait of Maria White while in residence at the Gibbes by MCG Photography

Maria White

February 21, 2022 - April 2, 2022


Maria White is inspired by forms, textures and patterns that she finds in the natural world. Light is an integral part of her work; she is interested in how it interacts with the objects she creates. White explores how light can be reflected, absorbed, radiated, and experienced. Working primarily in porcelain, most of her pieces are made on the potter’s wheel and hand-carved while other vessels are cast from translucent, porcelain slip and altered. As a maker, White strives to create work that enhances a space and is useful in daily life rituals.

Public Studio Hours: Week of March 28 - April 3, 2022

Monday 10 am - 2 pm

Wednesday 10 am - 2 pm

Friday 12 - 2 pm

Artist Biography

Maria White is a Mexican American studio potter and independent filmmaker. White was born in Las Vegas, Nev. and raised in Summerville, S.C. White first learned to make pottery while earning her degree in Art from Winthrop University. She continued to focus on ceramics with scholarship and studio assistant opportunities at Penland School of Craft and Haystack Mountain School of Craft, then went on to apprentice with sculptor and inventor, Michael Sherrill. White began her professional ceramics career in Los Angeles where she spent over a decade creating ceramics for celebrated chefs, top interior designers and the sets of major motion pictures and television series. Her ceramics have earned the Award of Excellence from the American Craft Council and her pieces have been published and collected internationally. Outside of her ceramic work, White’s independent films have won awards from top international film festivals. While living in California, she co-founded the Los Angeles Women’s Film Collective to help empower women working across all filmmaking disciplines. White is a survivor of postpartum anxiety and depression and an advocate for maternal mental health. In 2019, she founded Mugs for Moms, an effort that brings makers together to help raise maternal mental health awareness and find support for moms and their families. White is the mother of two and lives in Charleston, with her family.