Ceramics artist to show work, offer talk at HMA

Feb. 1—HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Museum of Art will welcome ceramics artist Maria Dondero as a Walter Gropius Master Artist in February. Dondero will speak about her work in a free public presentation at 7 p.m. Feb. 8; a reception will follow the discussion.

An exhibit of work by Dondero went on view will continue through March 31. Dondero will conduct a workshop at HMA titled "Let's Make Friendly Pots" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 through 11. For workshop information or to register, call (304) 529-2701 or visit hmoa.org.

Dondero was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, the youngest of five children, and moved to Atlanta, with her family in 1983. After high school, she spent more than a year living and learning in Latin America. She attended her first pottery class while in Guanajuato, Mexico, and went on to study ceramics at the University of Georgia, where she earned a BFA (2005) and an MFA (2008).

In 2009 Dondero opened Marmalade Pottery, a studio and gallery in Athens, Georgia. Then, in 2016, she renovated a former industrial space and established Southern Star Studio, a vibrant community pottery studio and gallery. She has taught at universities and led workshops across the country. In 2023, she and three other women began an international cooperative ceramics studio in Cortona, Italy. She is represented by prominent galleries nationwide and her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions.