Marilyn Ose says she started her art career at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the University of Cincinnati College of Art and Design, obtaining a bachelor of science degree in advertising art and graphic design. "After 15 years as a practicing graphic designer, I obtained my masters of art education from the University of Cincinnati and taught art to elementary and middle school grades for 25 years. In addition to teaching school, I was a docent and taught art camp for the Orlando Museum of Art for several years.
"When I moved to Orlando, and then retired, I rekindled my desire to make art not just teach it. Working with clay offers the perfect direction to pursue this, as I have worked with clay off and on throughout my entire art career and love it. I started working with pottery techniques at the Crealdé School of Art, and for the past several years have found a home at the City of Orlando Pottery Studio.
Working with clay allows you to work with your hands; utilizing endless design patterns, structures, and resulting colors … it is so different than the tight structure of graphic design—it frees you up to explore and sometimes provides many surprises with its unpredictability."