About Donna Polseno
Donna Polseno attended Kansas City Art Institute and did graduate work at Rhode Island school of Design. She has lived since then in rural southwest Virginia with her potter husband Richard Hensley. Donna is a potter and sculpture and part-time teacher at Hollins University where she created and directs the “Women Working With Clay” symposium. She has received 2 NEA Grants and various other awards. She has shown and taught frequently around the states and internationally in, among other places, in China, Italy, and Turkey. Donna’s work has been published numerous times in various books and magazines.
The focus of my pottery is to create beautiful rich decorative surfaces. My glazing is complicated and done with layers of glaze using resists. My desire is to give a kind of visual depth to the pieces that is beautiful, a bit mysterious and based mostly on all sorts of natural images. The vase forms are influenced by my sculpture and stand alone, but are always meant to be enhanced by flowers. My bowls, plates and trays are like small canvases for me to paint in a way that is not imitating painting, but intrinsically ceramic. My interest in natural images comes from my father, a painter, and living my whole life in rural settings.