Marcy Neiditz grew up in Cleveland, OH, and moved to Los Angeles, CA, where she took her first ceramic class in 1979. While pursuing a career as a landscape designer she also maintained a small ceramic studio. In 1991 she went back to school for the college degrees she never completed; B.F.A in Ceramics from California State University-Long Beach, 1996, and M.F.A. in Ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington, 2000.
She currently works as a professional artist and Adjunct Professor, Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington, IN. Marcy makes sculptural forms that are abstracted representations of plant life and the microscopic world, and decorative functional vessels with surface designs and paintings that reference nature and biology.
Currently her artwork can be found at By Hand Gallery, downtown Bloomington, Local Clay Potter’s Guild annual holiday show and sale every November, and at select galleries and art fairs throughout the year.
Marcy has won numerous awards, and a featured article on her artwork was published in Ceramics Monthly, September 2005 and subsequently reprinted in 2008, in the book, “Surface Decoration- Finishing Techniques- Ceramic Arts Handbook Series.
She has been the recipient of two Indiana IAC- Individual Artist Grants” from the Indiana Arts Commission, and has been commissioned to work on three collaborate tile murals with school kids. The latest tile mural was in 2012-2013 with Fairview Elementary School, resulting in a public wall sculpture in downtown Bloomington on the B-Line trail near City Hall.
She currently splits her time between teaching ceramics at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington and exhibiting her artwork at select Art Fairs and galleries.
Influenced by plant-life and the microscopic world, I am fascinated with the idea of biological plant-like forms coming alive, growing, and aging.
Branches, roots, bones, and microorganisms are some of the ingredients that occupy my imagination, and provide inspiration in the creation of my sculptural and functional vessels.
My current work is wheel-thrown and hand-built, and the process includes a layering of glazes, slips and underglazes, incised sgraffito drawings and hand-painted surfaces.