Maria White is an American studio potter and independent filmmaker. White was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and raised in Summerville, South Carolina. 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 work 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 Womens Film Collective to help empower women working across all filmmaking disciplines. White is a survivor of postpartum anxiety and depression and is an advocate for maternal mental health. She serves on the board of Postpartum Support Charleston and founded Mugs for Moms, an effort to bring makers together to help raise awareness for maternal mental health. White is the mother of two and lives in Charleston, South Carolina. She frequently collaborates with her husband, Matthew Mebane.
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