|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" exhibiton in Certaldo. She has been teaching ceramics at Hollins University since the inception of the program in 2004.
Moira Vincentelli is professor emeritus in art history and curator of ceramics at Aberystwyth University. Her personal research has a focus on gender and ceramics with a particular interest in world ceramics. Her published works include Women and Ceramics: Gendered Vessels (MUP, 2000) and Women Potters: Transforming Traditions (A&C Black, 2003) as well as many articles and catalogue essays. More recently she has curated exhibitions for Manchester Museum (Sankofa, Ceramic Tales from Africa, 2006-07) and Northern Clay Center Minneapolis (World Ceramics, Transforming Women’s Traditions, 2008). For over 30 years she has established the major ceramic collection and archive at Aberystwyth, and is currently working on a digitizing the collection.