Mary Jo Dowling
Previously an Art Director for a major university, Mary Jo Dowling CMSA holds a degree in illustration from Carnegie Mellon University. After relocating to Eastern Massachusetts, she started to explore other art-related fields and took up cake decorating after taking a local course in the subject. Since then she has attended major international conventions on sugar art and taken classes with prominent artists in the field. She also demonstrates her techniques at cake shows and sugar arts meetings. She has recently begun judging cake shows. Her work has appeared in American Cake Decorating Magazine. In 2009 she achieved the high honor ranking of Certified Master Sugar Artist from the International Cake Exploration Societé, ICES. In the spring of 2010 she was part of the green team competing in TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off show on network TV which aired April 12th on the TLC network. Click here to view the newspaper article about her appearance on the show. In February 2011 she was featured on TLC’s Fabulous Cakes. She is the owner of MjDesigns, LLC which also operates as Elegant Edibles her licensed Residential Commercial Kitchen.
Since her first competition cake show in 2006 she has earned 6 Best of Show titles, 3 Decorator’s Choice Awards, a People’s Choice Award, A Special Artistic Award, two – “Most Artistic piece in the Salon” Awards, a “Most Novel Piece in the Salon” award, an ACF Gold medal with Citation & Bronze medal, and a Wilton Award. She has garnered over 24 division titles, 41 first place ribbons, 18 second place ribbons, and 6 third place ribbons. At the 2010 Great American Cake Show and Wedding Cake Competition, her wedding cake entry placed 3rd from all the entries. During the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Cake Competition her wedding cake entry was also featured on Maryland’s WJZ TV live morning news program. Click here to view the segment on WJZ’s news site. In 2010 she and fellow Master Sugar Artist Barb Evans collaborated on a piece that placed in the top ten at the Grove Park National Gingerbread Competition and earned the 2nd place overall prize.
She is a member of ICES, the International Cake Decorating Society, and an international member of the British Sugar Craft Guild, and a member of the American Culinary Federation ACF. Currently she holds the position of ICES Representative Liaison and Certification Chairman and is a member of their Board of Directors. For more information on ICES, please see the local site www.massices.com, or the international site www.ices.org for more information.