Marcia Jestaedt has been working with clay since 1970 and with Raku firing since 1972. Her work is characterized by rich lusterous glazes, and designs that have an Asian inspiration. They consist mostly of hand-formed tiles that are etched with floral and geometric images then glazed in a painterly manner, combining colors to achieve the depth and shading needed to impart a three-dimensional quality.
She is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she majored in studio arts and where she taught for a number of years. Recipient of grants from the Friends of the Torpedo Factory, the Prince George’s Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council, she had been a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia since 1983.