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Our latest interview was with a dynamic duo, Donna Polseno and Richard Hensely who have a current exhibit at Hollin’s University Eleanor Wilson’s Museum where they taught for many years, now retired.

DUO Donna Polsenso & Richard Hensley

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University
October 14- December 12, 2021

The current show, DUO at Hollins University, is the works of 2 ceramicists that have impacted our region and beyond for over 40 years. This combination of a dynamic couple, Donna Polseno and Richard Hensley, as a married couple since 1973, has produced a lifetime of work from Floyd, Virginia’s isolated rural mountain community. Moving to Floyd in 1974, they built their kiln in an old barn and began their career attracting friends and colleagues who also settled in the community. This congregation of potters established a local studio art tour still thriving today, known as the 16Hands. In 2004, Polseno and Hensley created the first in-depth ceramics program together at Hollins University.

Donna Polseno & Jeri Rogers standing next to “Women helping Women” sculpture by Donna

Women helping Women

Through her teaching years, Donna collaborated with the Eleanor Wilson museum creating exhibitions, including the Women Working with Clay Symposium in 2011, most recently, the University hosted the symposiums’ 10th-anniversary show, Women Working with Clay: Ten Years of Telling the Story, in 2021. This year’s Artemis Journal features Donna’s ceramic sculpture on the cover, “Voltarsi Verso L’Alto.” This relationship is emblematic of both Donna and Jeri’s work in fostering the visions and voices of women.

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