Cary Esser (b. 1957) is a ceramic artist who works in Kansas City, Missouri. She creates architectural tiles and terra cotta details using the language of architectural ornament to interpret human culture and the natural world.
Esser received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Ceramics Department at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her work can be found in the collections of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.