donald a clark, a core figure in the American ceramic art movement’s development over the past 40 years, began collecting ceramics in the 1970s. He continued to build his collection based on relationships with artists during his over 30 years of experience as a partner at the Ferrin Gallery. He has served as research manager for The Marks Project, an online searchable database documenting the marks of makers working in America from 1946 to the present. The Donald Clark Collection illuminates the rise of the studio pottery movement and has been exhibited most recently at the Springfield Museums in Massachusetts. clark writes for publications such as Ceramics Monthly and Studio Potterand he is the author of Making a Living in Crafts (Lark).
Chotsani Elaine Dean is an artist and Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Minnesota. She received her BFA in ceramics from Hartford Art School and her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been in residence at the John Michael Kohler Artist Residency, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar grant. Dean was the inaugural MJ DO Good resident at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana, held the position of studio manager at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, Connecticut, and is the recipient of a Connecticut Arts Grant. She has lectured and exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions and has taught at institutions including Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, University of Connecticut, Connecticut College, and Hartford Art School. www.chotsanielainedean.com
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