Originally a westerner, Margery holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. Her early studies in clay began in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and continued with classes and workshops with the Saskatoon potters through the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
In 1972-73 Margery studied pottery under Geoffrey Swindell at the Bath Road School of Art in Newcastle, England. She has also taken workshops from Luke Lindoe, Ruth Duckworth, Jane Agnew, Kayo O’Young, Carol Anne Michelson, Bob Bozak and Ron Roy.
Margery established a studio in London, Ontario in 1975. From this location she developed an enthusiastic clientele for her hand-built and wheel-thrown stoneware and porcelain pieces. She taught classes through the Art Craft Studio at the University of Western Ontario from 1980 – 1984. A member of the London Potter’s Guild, her work was accepted for inclusion in juried craft sales throughout western Ontario, the London Regional Art Gallery’s Art Mart, and at annual shows of the Guild.
A course in glazing in 1986 introduced Margery to the assets of Haliburton County, and to the opportunities for personal and professional development offered through association with the Haliburton Highlands Guild of Fine Arts and the Haliburton School of The Arts.
The natural surroundings of Haliburton in which she now makes her home have stimulated Margery in new directions including an exploration of clay and driftwood, and collaborative work with basket maker Sheila Ziman. Photography remains a vital interest – note cards are part of her creative investigations.