Marianne Cordyack and her husband, John, have been living in Reston, Virginia since 1972. They have two grown children. Their daughter, Susanne is a teacher and their son, Brian is a web/graphic designer. They have 4 grandchildren.
Marianne has a Masters degree, with a concentration in Ceramics from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. Her BA degree in Art is from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland. She has also studied pottery extensively at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Haystack School of Crafts in Maine.
Marianne taught art at Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston for 9 years before beginning her own art school in 1996. She taught adult and teen wheel-throwing and hand-building classes, workshops, childrenʼs after-school and home-schooled art and ceramics classes and childrenʼs summer art and clay camps. In 2004 she retired from teaching regular classes. She is currently working as a studio potter, teaches wheel-throwing classes, and teaches occasional salt-firing workshops for potters at her salt kiln in West Virginia.
She is Chair of the Planning Committee for the Biennial Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference, sponsored by The Clay Connection. The Clay Connection is a networking group for clay artists in the Washington, DC area. She is also a member of The Kiln Club of Washington, and the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).
Her other interests are traveling, gardening and photography.