Born in Seattle, Washington on Nov. 30, 1910, Erckenbrack was reared in Rio De Janeiro, London, and Paris as her father, a shipping commissioner, moved about. While in France she studied art in Le Havre at Pension Jeanne d'Arc.
During 1933-35 her married name was Hennessy. In 1935 she settled in San Francisco and became active in the North Beach art scene. She soon established Mary E's Mud Shop and was kept busy fulfilling ceramic orders for Gump's, Marshall Fields, and New York specialty shops. Her work also includes oils, watercolors, metal work, and block prints.
She died in San Francisco on June 11, 1992.
Exh: GGIE, 1940; SFAA, 1941. In: Bagley Hall Library, Univ. of Washington; Ping Yu
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