Frances Senska

Frances Senska (1914-2009) was a ceramic artist with an unusual background, having been born to missionary parents in Batanga, Cameroun. Senska imbues each pot she makes with the emotion of her own life experience, the influence of her upbringing, and her extensive art education.

She attended the University of Iowa, where she received an M.A., and Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has taught at Montana State University and Grinnell College. While at MSU, Senska taught both Rudy Autio and Peter Voulkos and was instrumental in helping to arrange the relationship between these two artists and the creation of studio space in Archie Bray's brickyard.

Ceramic artist & teacher Frances Senska talks about the early clay movement and the nature of craft

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