Trained as an architect and designer, Maggie discovered polymer clay in the early 1990′s and immediately recognized its potential for exploring color and form. Her early work in polymer clay was inspired by folk art and fables. Her later work was inspired by landscapes and the challenge of evoking a sense of place. Her recent work attempts to take advantage of the structural qualities of polymer clay while playing with the material as sculptural color.

As a co-founder of the Northwest Polymer Clay Guild, Maggie was a member of the four person team that created Ravensdale ’96, the first national polymer clay conference. In 2000-2001 she chaired the National Polymer Clay Guild’s Courting the Muse conference at Bryn Mawr College, and as Vice-President of the International Polymer Clay Association she co-chaired the 2008 Synergy I conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

Maggie and Lindly Hanauni are co-authors of the book Polymer Clay Color Inspirations, recently published by Watson-Guptill/Random House.

Maggie lives in Portland, Oregon — one of the most colorful cities in the world.

Work Shown in Museums

  • Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California
  • Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Work Shown in Galleries

  • Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Whidney Moore Gallery, Portland, Oregon
  • Facere Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • Peters Valley Gallery, Peters Valley, New York
  • Florida Craftsman Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Boston Society of Artists and Craftsman, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Brookfield Arts Center, Danbury, Connecticut
  • Sandusky Art Museum, Sandusky, Ohio
  • Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington


Work in Publications

  • Masters: Polymer Clay, Lark Press 2011
  • Terra Nova: Polymer at the Crossroads, Racine Art Museum 2011
  • The Art of Polymer Clay, Donna Kato, Watson-Guptill 2007
  • Polymer Clay Creative Traditions, Judy Belcher, Watson-Guptill 2006
  • 400 Polymer Clay Designs, Lark Press 2004
  • Images on Clay II, Design Originals 2002
  • Ornament Magazine, Spring 2000
  • Foundations in Polymer Clay Design, Barbara McGuire, Krause 1999

Teaching Experience

  • International Polymer Clay Association Synergy Conferences
  • North Country Studio Workshops
  • New England Weavers Seminar
  • Florida Tropical Weavers Conference
  • Association of NW Weavers Guilds Conference
  • Ravensdale Polymer Clay Conferences
  • Design with Heart Fiber Arts Conferences
  • Polymer Clay Haven Conference
  • Quilts, Inc Embellishments Shows
  • Masters Invitational Polymer Clay Show
  • Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
  • Houston Quilt Festival
  • San Antonio Fiber Arts Guild
  • Columbia Stitchery Guild
  • Split Rock Summer Arts Program
  • Coupeville Arts Center
  • Torpedo Factory Arts Center
  • Numerous polymer clay and fiber art guilds

Professional Associations

  • Art Jewelry Forum
  • American Craft Council
  • Society of North American Goldsmiths
  • International Polymer Clay Guild


  • Master of Architecture, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 1988
  • Bachelor of Science, Interior Design, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1977