Mary Clerkin Higgins began her apprenticeship at The Greenland Studio in Manhattan right out of college in 1976. Ten years later she opened her own studio in Brooklyn where she has conserved masterpieces from the 12th century to the present for museums, institutions, and collectors around the country while also creating her own artwork. Her studio, Clerkin Higgins Stained Glass, fabricated two of Rowan LeCompte’s large clerestory windows for Washington National Cathedral.
Her art has been included in Corning Museum’s New Glass Review. She has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Glass Guild and an AGNX Award for excellence in stained glass design. Higgins’ windows fill the Cloister Chapel of Sea Island, GA. She has lectured and taught stained glass conservation for Masters Level students and at conferences in the USA and abroad, also contributing chapters and introductions for books on stained glass.
Among the institutions that have turned to Ms. Higgins for stained-glass conservation are The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters, The Detroit Institute of Arts; The Walters Art Gallery; The Baltimore Museum of Art; Princeton University Art Museum; The Saint Louis Art Museum; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; The Brooklyn Museum, The Nasher Museum at Duke University, The United Nations; The Morse Museum; The Neustadt Museum of Tiffany Glass, and the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, Florida. She is one of the five founders and a past president of the American Glass Guild.