Marsha Silverman was born in New York City in 1943 and moved upstate to Schenectady, NY. She trained as a ballerina, and even now, movement is implicit in her forms.

Marsha left home at 16 to move back to New York, finishing high school at Professional Children’s School while she studied ballet at the old Metropolitan Opera and Joffrey Ballet. After deciding ballet was not going to be her career, she enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she majored in ceramics. She was awarded the Boit Prize and the Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Scholarship in 1971. 

She set up her first studio in Rexford, New York, in 1972. After marrying in 1975, she moved her studio to Anchorage, Kentucky. Her studio is now located in Miami, Florida, where she has lived and worked since 1981.