Born in Newton, New Jersey, on Valentine's Day, 1912, Mary Tuthill began studying sculpture at the California School of Fine Arts in 1932. Years later she attended the California School of Arts and Crafts where she took a course in pottery.
After two early marriages ended in divorce, she married Donald Lindheim, a scientist and poet, who was killed in action during World War II.
Fascinated with the Native American culture, throughout her life, Ms. Lindheim repeatedly returned to the Southwest. She lived for a time with a Navajo family on the tribe's reservation, and later adopted a Navajo daughter, Yvonne Yazzie.
She exhibited at the Pacific Coast Ceramic Exhibition and Sale in the 1950's and the Nation
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