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MILLS, MAUREEN
MILLS, MAUREEN
NEW HAMPSHIRE
My work continues to explore the contradictions of delicate surface techniques combined with the strength of stoneware clays. When fired in a wood burning kiln, the surface can become almost obliterated with melting ash, yet the subtle quality of surface depth that is achieved continues to strengthen each form. Instead of exaggerating pattern and surface, the firing process itself combined with altered shapes and relatively restrained surface treatment yields a body of work that is a synthesis of my continuing European, Asian and American influences.

Maureen Mills is the Chair of the Ceramics Department at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester NH. The NHIA Ceramics Department offers students an opportunity to work with established artists while developing skills and personal voice toward pursuit of professional work upon graduation. Her teaching philosophy is centered on balancing growth of work process and skill with development of a critical eye through directed practice.

Maureen’s love of surface design and decoration is well documented in her book Surface Design for Ceramics published by Lark Books in 2008, which has led her to teaching workshops on the topic. When she is not teaching or advising or doing a long list of other Chair’s duties, she is a studio potter with her husband Steven Zoldak in Portsmouth New Hampshire. A recent recipient of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Artist Advancement, she has continued to explore the process of wood firing and its results on thrown and decorated work.

EDUCATION
1987
MFA University of Nebraska, Lincoln Nebraska, Ceramics and Drawing
1983
BA Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, Chemistry

TEACHING EXPERIENCE, EMPLOYMENT
2004- Present
New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
Ceramics Department Chair and Full Time Faculty, Responsibilities include: teaching BFA students Introductory level to Advanced, advising, scheduling classes, budget management and curriculum development and chairing the Health and Safety Committee. Experience in kiln building and firing, glaze calculation, mold making, slip casting, wheel work and hand building.
Selected Courses taught: Intro to Ceramics, Wheelwork 1 and 2, Special Topic Form and Surface, Senior Studios
2001-2004
New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
Ceramics and Sculpture Studio Manager and Adjunct Faculty,
Responsibilities include: teaching, firing kilns, managing glaze studio and inventory, clay reprocessing and inventory, studio design and maintenance, exhibition assistance, Curriculum Development Committee, Health and Safety Committee
1987- Present
Mills & Zoldak: Potters, with husband Steven Zoldak, Portsmouth NH
Making functional and decorative high fired wares. Showing, exhibiting, and selling work across the country as well as teaching workshops.

RECENT WORKSHOPS TAUGHT
2011
Student Competition Workshop, "American Modernist Sculpture", University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan.
2010
Form Ordinary to Extraordinary: Transforming Form and Surface, Mudflat Studios, Somerville, MA
2009
From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Surface Techniques, Funke Fired Arts, Cincinnati, OH
Working with Slips, Portland Pottery, Portland, ME
Working with Slips, South County Art Association, Kingston, RI
Working with Slips, Littleton League of NH Craftsmen, Littleton, NH
Working with Slips, Barnstable High School, Barnstable, MA
Working with Slips, New Caanan High School, New Caanan, CT

SELECTED SHOWS/EXHIBITIONS
2011
International Symposium on Ceramic Art, Education and Exchange Exhibition; University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
Alchemy: From Dust to Form, Harn Museum of Art, Gainsville, FL. Juror: Kathy King
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2010
Alumni Exhibition, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Then and Now: Strictly Functional Award Winners, NCECA Philadelphia, PA
37th Functional Ceramics Exhibition, Invitational, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, OH Curator Phyllis Blair Clark
2009
Variations on a Theme: Works by Maureen Mills and Steven Zoldak, Funke Fired Arts Gallery, Cincinatti OH
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA, Juror: Pete Pinnell
In Cahoots, exhibiting collaborative work with printmaker Victoria Elbroch; George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME Mary Harding, curator
Impressions: Printmaking Biennial; NHIA Manchester NH, Juror Parker Potter
2008
Faculty Exhibit, New Hampshire Instititute of Art, Manchester NH
Solo Exhibition: Recent Work, Amherst ST. Gallery, NHIA, Manchester, NH
2007
West to East: Jet Stream Anagama; Gustin Gallery, South Dartmouth MA; Chris Gustin, curator
Biennial Members Juried Exhibit, Paul Creative Arts Center Gallery, Durham, NH Beth Ann Gerstein, Juror
Faculty Exhibit, New Hampshire Instititute of Art, Manchester NH
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA, Malcolm Davis, Juror
From the Earth, Invitational, University of Kentucky Art Gallery, Lexington, KY
2006
Bowls Invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN
Teapot: Form and Function, Oregon Potters Association, NCECA Show at Skutt International, Portland OR
2005
The Cup: Intimate Object, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN Linda Arbuckle, Juror
Unearth Emerged: New Hampshire Ceramic Artists, Featured Artist. Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH Curated by Gerry Williams
Mastery In Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Faculty Highlight, Amherst St. Gallery, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester NH
Guilford Biennial, Guilford, CT; Chris Gustin, Juror
Momentum III, Featured Artist as New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Artist Advancement Grant Recipient, George Marshall Store Gallery, York ME
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA; John Glick, Juror
2004
National Ceramics Biennial, New Hampshire Institute of Art Gallery, Manchester, NH; Juror: Christopher Gustin
Gems of the Fire, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Faculty Highlights, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
Duets, Invitational Exhibition, Kentucky Museum of Art and Design, Louisville, KY
Teapots, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Creative Hand; Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH and Gallery 205, Concord NH
2003
Juried Exhibition, Colby-Sawyer College Art Gallery, New London, NH; Simon Pierce, Juror
Faculty Highlights, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
3d Annual National Juried Cup Show, Gallery 138, Kent, OH; William Brouillard, Juror
Crafts National 37, University of PA, State College, PA; Ruth T. Summers, Juror
4th Biennial North American Ceramics Exhibition, Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford CT; Susan Peterson, Juror
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Pittsburgh, PA Wayne Higby, Juror
NH Potter’s Guild Show, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH; Phil Rogers, Juror
2002
Faculty Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
Vessels That Pour, Gallery Mia Tyson, Wilmington NC, Honorable Mention, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Juror
Alumni Exhibition, Eisentrager Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
April 2002 GALEX 36, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL, Frederick Ortner, Juror
2001
Teapot Show, Most Creative Award, Portland Pottery Gallery, Portland Maine
2000
Living With Crafts Exhibit, Best Collaboration Award with David Little, Blacksmith, Newbury, NH
1999
Functional Ceramics Invitational Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wooster, OH

HONORS, AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS
2008
Release of Surface Design for Ceramics, author Maureen Mills, publisher, Lark Books
2007
Best in Innovation Award, Biennial Members Juried Exhibition, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham NH
2005
“Creative Edge”, Boston Globe Magazine, written by Marilyn Slade
2004-05
Recipient of the Artist Advancement Grant from the NH Charitable Foundation Piscataqua Region. A $30,000 grant dedicated toward artistic development.
2004
Article published in Clay Times magazine, Sliptrailing: Technique and Tradition
Article in NH Potters Guild Newsletter, POTLUCK; Inspirations and Explorations: The North Country Studio Conference with Jeff Oestreich
2003
Best in Clay, Juried Exhibition, Colby-Sawyer College Art Gallery, New London, NH; Simon Pierce, Juror
Article in NH Potters Guild Newsletter, POTLUCK; Moldmaking with Steve Heinmann
Faculty Development Grant, from the NH Institute of Art for participation in a Peter’s Valley Workshop on Mold-making
American Art Clay Co. Award, Strictly Functional Pottery National; Wayne Higby, Juror
Juror’s Award, NH Potter’s Guild Show, New Hampshire Institute of Art,
Manchester, NH; Phil Rogers, Juror
2002
Grant Recipient, funded by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts,
for artist’s development
Scholarship Recipient, funded by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen,
to attend the North Country Studio Conference, Bennington, VT with Jeff Oestreich
Vessels That Pour, Gallery Mia Tyson, Wilmington NC, Honorable Mention, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Juror
2001
Teapot Show, Most Creative Award, Portland Pottery Gallery, Portland Maine
2000
Best Collaboration Award with David Little, Blacksmith, Living With Crafts Exhibit, Newbury, NH

AFFILIATIONS & COMMUNITY SERVICE
2007- Present
Board of Directors, Studio Potter, Acting Treasurer
2001- 2005
Juror for the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Concord, NH
1997-2004
Member, Fair Committee of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen
1995-Present
Member, of the American Craft Council
1989-Present
Member, New Hampshire Potter’s Guild
1988-Present
Juried Member, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen
1989-1995
Board of Directors, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen CSC,
Board Chairperson from 1990-1995