Edith Gwathmey started out as a painter and studied art in the 60s in New York, living in Soho when it was a hotbed of Happenings and Minimalism. After the birth of her daugher Rachel, she struggled with painting, but soon discovered clay. She was drawn by the sheer joy of messing about combined with the rigor of craft, and it has held her attention ever since. She incorporates her love of painting, exploring the play between pattern and form. A teacher all her life, she is inspired by the natural spontaneity of children.
Edith taught art at the Bank Street School for Children in New York City from 1970 until 2008. She currently teaches the Arts Workshop for Teachers in the Graduate School of Bank Street College and has done so since the 1980s. She has co-authored several publications on art and education, including Painting: Interactive Learning Experiences in the Early Childhood Classroom.