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About Donna Polseno

Donna Polseno received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MAT from the Rhode Island School of Design. She moved to the mountains of Virginia after graduation and has been a studio artist since 1974. She started her career making pottery which she continues to make, but diverged to a parallel career of making figurative sculpture in the 80’s. Donna has shown in major galleries all over the country. She was included in the “21st Century Ceramics in the US and Canada” traveling exhibition in 2003. She has received two National Endowment of the Arts Grants and a Virginia Museum Fellowship. Essays about her work have been published in many magazines including 2 articles in “Art & Perception” ( most recently “Potter’s Space & the Earthbound Goddess” by Wayne Higby), several in “Ceramics Monthly” and most recently in “Studio Potter”. She is in several books about pottery and sculpture including the cover of “Sculptural Ceramics” by Ian Gregory. Donna has been a presenter at several NCECA conferences ( 2009 panel “Potters/Sculptors, Sculptors/Potters”), a resident at the “Archie Bray Institute”, honorary chair of the Kansas City Art Institute artist’s auction, and a juror for the American Crafts Council. She has taught many workshops and summer programs at schools including Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Alfred University, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Long Beach Foundation, and Anderson Ranch Art Center. Internationally she has been an invited participant at a symposium in Izmir, Turkey, has taught twice at an exchange program in Jingdezhen, China, and has taught for many years at La Meridiana- International School for Ceramics, in Italy, as well as showing her sculpture in the annual “Concreta” exhibiton in Certaldo. Donna has been teaching ceramics at Hollins University since the inception of the ceramics program in 2004. At Hollins she also created “Women Working with Clay” -an annual symposium. She is currently serving as the adjunct curator for ceramics at the Taubman Museum.


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