Gail McCarthy is a potter, ceramic artist, and sculptor who resides in Port St. Lucie, Fla. A working cellist as an undergraduate at Seton Hill College (Greensburg, Penn.), she gravitated toward the ceramics studio where she was introduced to clay, then—while living in Washington, D.C. in the 1960s—learned more about the medium from the Austrian-born master potter Vally Possony. McCarthy pursued an MFA in sculpture at the University at Buffalo in 1980 and did additional graduate work in the same university’s School of Architecture. She also took several workshops and developed a friendship with artist, craftsperson, and writer Beatrice Wood. Since the 1980s, her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.