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About Donna Polseno

Donna Polseno is a studio artist working as a potter and sculpture in Floyd, VA. She received two NEA Grants and has been published in many books and magazines. She has taught at Penland, Haystack, Anderson Ranch and the other craft schools, as well as teaching in China and Italy. She teaches part-time at Hollins University, where she also created and directs “Women Working with Clay,” an annual symposium.


Artist Statement

My pottery is more about presentation than everyday use. I love patterns and color, as I always intended to be a a painter like my father. I make plates and shallow bowls that I use like a canvas. I make lots of vases that are inspired by my figurative work. I try and think of them as small sculptures that are embellished with pattern and brought to life with flowers.

Donna Polseno headshot

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