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 Nationals from 1947-1950, 1952 and 1956. In a summary of her work compiled years before her death Ms. Lindheim wrote, "From my first entry in a juried show (Pacific Coast Ceramic Exhibition, San Francisco, 1947), where I won my first prize, I exhibited continuously, winning many prizes and awards."
Mary Tuthill Lindheim died in her Bolinas home on Thursday, Dec. 30, of natural causes. She was 92.
Obituary written by Larken Bradley, Point Reyes Light, January 13, 2005