Maureen finished her undergraduate degree in Chemistry while continuing to explore her love of clay and continued to pursue art through her MFA degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. With her husband Steven Zoldak they moved to Portsmouth NH in 1987 to operate a studio on the grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum. Her experience, like Steve’s, demonstrating at the studio at Silver Dollar City in Branson Missouri under Harvey Bufford laid a solid groundwork for working with the public while continuing to work in clay.
As an author, a recent Arts Council Fellow and a recipient of the Artist Advancement Grant, Maureen has continued to pursue work fired in a wood burning kiln. She creates layers of imagery and patterns on her work, using the dramatic results of the firings to accent color and pattern. Maureen has traveled internationally and exhibited her work in Japan, China, England, and South Korea. She is also the author of Surface Design for Ceramics, a Lark publication and is Professor of Art at the Institute of Art & Design at New England College Manchester NH campus, where she has been faculty since 2001.