|Donna Polseno, Director
Donna Polseno received a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and her M.A.T. 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 do, but diverged to a parallel career of making figurative sculpture in the 80’s. 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 Art & Perception and Ceramics Monthly. She is in several books about pottery and sculpture including Sculptural Ceramics (cover photo) by Ian Gregory. She has taught many workshops and summer programs at schools including Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Crafts, The Bascom, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Long Beach Foundation, and Anderson Ranch Art Center. She has been an invited participant at a symposium in Izmir, Turkey, has taught twice at the WVU exchange program in Jingdezhen, China, and teaches each summer at La Meridiana - International School for Ceramics, in Italy, as well as showing in the second annual Concreta exhibition in Certaldo. She has been teaching ceramics at Hollins University since the inception of the program in 2004.
|Raheleh T. Filsoofi
Raheleh T. Filsoofi received a B.F.A. with a specialization in ceramics from Alzahra University in Tehran. Moving to Miami in 2003, she assisted several renowned ceramic artists and taught at the Ceramic League of Miami. As an Iranian woman and artist, she is interested in exploring the feminine characters and issues regarding women in society. Her work is steeped in the mythology and cultural memory of her native country. In her art, which extends to photography and printmaking, she addresses the consciousness, sensitivity, and mystery of women and especially the aura of Middle Eastern women as seen by others and themselves. She has participated in juried art shows in Iran and the United States, including the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Tampa, Fla. (2011), Continuum Exhibition, Cultural Council of Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Fla. (2012), and Our Stories, Our Strength, E. Wimberly Library, Boca Raton, Fla. (2013). Currently she is pursuing a master of fine arts degree with a specialization in ceramics at Florida Atlantic University. She has received several awards, including a presidential fellowship. Her research on pottery by women in Iran was supported by a Chastain-Johnston Middle East Grant from the FAU Peace Studies program.