Marilyn Catasus was born on December 16th (Beethoven's birthday) in Manhattan. Her first home as a child was on the site where the Metropolitan Opera House now stands.
She received her Bachelor's degree from New York University where she majored in Industrial Arts, one of only a very few women to do so. She received her Master's
in Special Education from Brooklyn College.
Highlights of her education include the time she spent studying ceramics at the late and much lamented Brooklyn Museum School of Art and at Kingsborough Community College, where she continued her studies in ceramics, as well as in painting and photography. She currently works as a Studio Potter at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, Connecticut, where she had the privelege of attending Stephen Rodriguez's Monday night advanced pottery class.
In her own words:
As far back as I can remember, I have always been up to my elbows in some kind of project. Little has changed. Happiness is going to the pottery studio to push myself to new levels of expertise, or using my camera to share my perceptions of the world with others.
My career as a special educator taught me to challenge preconceived limitations in order to help my students reach beyond what was expected of them. I have taken that as my inspiration to challenge myself to grow and reach for the unexpected within me.
Marilyn currently divides her time between her homes in Brooklyn, New York and Branford, Connecticut. When she is not working in the pottery studio or making photographs, she can be found playing her guitar, contra dancing or seeking out an Irish music session.