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Wendy Thoreson

Biography to Display: 

1989 Born Minnesota


2010 La Meridiana International School of Ceramics, Certaldo, Italy

2011 Matt Kelleher and Shoko Teruyama Workshop, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

2012 BA American History, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina

2013 Bonnie Seeman Workshop, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine


2013 Studio Assistant to Leah Leitson and Susan Filey, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Studio Potter


2013-2014 Resident Artist, The Ceramic Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Wendy Thoreson is known for unglazed black clay functional and sculptural pottery.

This work, known as the “Wrought Clay” series, is inspired by ornamental wrought iron and usually has extravagant handles. Thoreson’s more functional wares are usually brushed with a whitewash finish and a clear glaze, or at times simply a white glaze. In both her functional and nonfunctional pottery her color palette is minimal.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa



Typical Marks

 “My mark is a small chop with a "W." pressed into a piece of clay. Usually found near the bottom of a handle.” Wendy Thoreson, 08/26/2016

Small Sculptural Vessel
Date: 2016
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist

Citation: Herrera, Carolyn. "The Marks Project." Last modified November 2, 2019.