Maureen’s Resume


 MFA                      University of Nebraska, Lincoln Nebraska, 1987 in ceramics and drawing

MA candidate Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR, 1984-85, ceramics and drawing

BA                          Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, Chemistry 1983

Employment and Teaching Experience

2019 –  present   Associate Professor of Art, the Institute of Art and Design at New England College,

2004- 2019           Ceramics Department Chair (2004-2017) / Ceramics Department Head, Visual Art Department (2017-2019)    New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH 

2001-2004           Ceramics and Sculpture Studio Manager and Adjunct Faculty

New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH

1987- Present      Mills & Zoldak: Potters with husband Steven Zoldak, Portsmouth NH

Making functional and decorative high fired and woodfired wares.  Showing, exhibiting, and selling work

across the country and internationally as well as teaching workshops.

Professional Creative, Research, and Scholarship Activity             

 Selected Shows and Exhibitions                             


November 2016              Maureen Mills: Ceramics, Sharon Arts Center Gallery, Peterborough, NH

October 2013                    Synonyms, Knox College Gallery Alumni Exhibition, Galesburg, IL

September 2012              Synonyms, George Marshall Store Gallery, York ME

August 2018                      Anecdotes, Arch Contemporary Ceramics, Tiverton MA


  • August 2019                      10th Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennale, South Korea
  • July 2019                            ISCAEE Ceramics Exhibition, Dankook University, Icheon, South Korea
  • July 2017                            ISCAEE Ceramics Exhibition, University of the Creative Arts, Farnham England
  • Summer 2015                   ISCAEE Ceramics Exhibition, Jingdezhen, China


May 2020                           Lip Service, Saratoga Clay Art Center, Schuylerville NY

February 2020                 Last Call V, Companion Gallery, Humbolt, TN

February 2020                 Craft Forms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

September 2019              Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster PA

June 2018                           Alumni Exhbition, Eisentrager Gallery, Richards Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

March 2016                       Orton Cone Box Show, Kansas City MO

April 2015                          9th Annual Invitational Teapot Show, Craftsman House Gallery, St Petersburg FL

December 2014               Old Church Cultural Center Potters Show and Sale, Demarest NJ, Invitational


October 2019                    Spin Me ‘Round, Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, Keene State University, Keene, NH

October 2019                    Contemporary New England Potters, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME

May 2019                           Contemporary NH Folk Art, Discover Portsmouth Center, Portsmouth NH

August 2018                      Everything Happens So Much, Kelly Stelling Gallery, Manchester NH

July 2018                            Cross Currents: Movements in Contemporary Ceramics Invitational; Falmouth, MA

October 2017                    Impact: Artist Advancement Grant 10 year Anniversary, Univ, of NH Museum of Art, Durham, NH

March 2015                       Friends of Fire Invitational, Gustin Gallery, South Dartmouth MA

March 2015                       Pouring Arts Invitational, New Bedford, MA

November 2013              The Narrative of Fire: Invitational Wood Fired Exhbition, Curator, Chris Gustin and Seth Rainville, ArtWorks, New Bedford, MA

October 2013                    Text & Texture, Sabbatical Exhibition, Peterborough Gallery, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Peterborough, NH

September 2013              On & Off the Page, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH;

September 2009              Strictly Functional Pottery National

Represented By:

Arch Contemporary, Tiverton, MA

Stanhope and Spencer, Rockland ME

George Marshall Store Gallery, ME

Local Pottery, MA

League of NH Craftsmen Galleries Littleton, Meredith, and Keene NH

Recent Workshops taught:


Summer 2019                   Texture on the Wheel, Dankook University, Gyongi-do, Republic of Korea

Summer 2017                   Slip and Surface Techniques, University of the Creative Arts, Farnham England

Fall 2015                             Surface Design, Wuxi School of Craft and Technology, Yixing, China

Fall 2011                             American Modernist Sculpture, University of the Arts, Tokyo Japan


Spring 2015                       Designing Form for Surface, Peters Valley Center for Craft, Layton NJ

Spring 2012                       From Ordinary to Extraordinary, Greater Lansing Potters Guild, Lansing MI,

Spring 2012                      From Ordinary to Extraordinary, Tucson Potters Guild, Tucson AZ


July 2019                            Exploring Surface, Mass Institute of Technology Ceramics Program, Boston MA

May 2019                           Glazing Techniques for Cone 6, Sharon Arts Center, Sharon NH

April 2019                          Designing for Surface, South Country Art Association, Kingston, RI

February 2019                 Glazes: From Glass to Dust, Chace’s Garage, York ME

August 2018                      From Clay to Glaze and Everything In Between, Chase’s Garage, York ME

February 2018                 Designing for Surface, Purple Sage Pottery, Merrimack MA

August  2016-19            Ongoing public demonstration and exhibition, League of NH Craftsmen’s Annual 


Spring 2015                       Designing Form for Surface, Lexington Arts and Crafts Center, Lexington MA

Spring 2015                       Slip and Surface, Chases Garage, York ME

Spring 2014                       Transforming Your Work: Form and Surface Techniques; Emerson Umbrella Arts Center, Concord MA

Spring 2014                       Visiting Artist Workshop, MudFlat Studio, Sommerville MA

Spring 2013                       From Ordinary to Extraordinary, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough NH

Spring 2012                       Exploring Form and Surface Greater Lansing Potters Guild, Michigan

Honors, Grants & Awards

November 2019              Faculty Development Grant, New England College

April 2019                          Invited Juror:  Earthworks: Open Juried Clay Annual,  South Country Art Association, Kingston RI

Winter 2017                      Tomlinson Visiting Fellow Workshop, Tabor Academy, Marion, MA

April 2014                          Alumni Achievement Award in Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

March 2012                       Artist Fellowship recipient, New Hampshire Council on the Arts

September 2007              Best in Innovation Award, Biennial Members Juried Exhibition, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham NH

October 2004-05             Recipient of the Artist Advancement Grant from the NH Charitable Foundation Piscataqua Region. A $30,000 grant dedicated toward artistic development.

October 2003                    Best in Clay, Juried Exhibition, Colby-Sawyer College Art Gallery, New London, NH; Simon Pierce, Juror

July 2003                            Faculty Development Grant, from the NH Institute of Art for participation in a Peter’s Valley Workshop on Mold-making

April 2003                          American Art Clay Co. Award, Strictly Functional Pottery National; Wayne Higby, Juror

January 2003                    Juror’s Award, NH Potter’s Guild Show, New Hampshire Institute of Art,

Manchester, NH; Phil Rogers, Juror       

October 2002                    Artist Development Grant Recipient, funded by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

August 2002                      Scholarship Recipient, funded by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen,

to attend the North Country Studio Conference, Bennington, VT with Jeff Oestreich

March 2002                       Honorable Mention, Vessels That Pour, Gallery Mia Tyson, Wilmington NC,

                                                Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Juror

February 2001                 Most Creative Award, Teapot Show, Portland Pottery Gallery, Portland Maine

August 2000                      Best Collaboration Award with David Little, Blacksmith, Living with Crafts Exhibit, Newbury, NH

Publications and Presentations

Summer 2019                   Lecture: A Brief History of Text and Clay, Mass Institute of Technology Ceramics program, Boston MA

Summer 2019                   Lecture: The Workshop Experience: Mentor/Mentee, Article for Studio Potter Journal, written with Jennifer Markmanrud Presented at ISCAEE international Symposium,

South Korea

Summer 2018                   Author Article The Workshop Experience: Mentor/Mentee, published for Studio Potter Journal, written with Jennifer Markmanrud ’19

June 2017                           Lecture: Communication in Clay, University of the Creative Arts, Farnham England

September 2011              Lecture: “American Slipware”, University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan

Winter 2010                      Author article: More Than Money, for Studio Potter Journal

Summer 2008                   Release of Surface Design for Ceramics, author Maureen Mills, publisher, Lark Books

See  for more information

November 2005              “Creative Edge”, Boston Globe Magazine, written by Marilyn Slade

March 2004                       Author Article published in Clay Times magazine, Sliptrailing: Technique and Tradition

October 2003                    Author Article in NH Potters Guild Newsletter, POTLUCK; Moldmaking with Steve               Heinmann

March 2004                       Author Article in NH Potters Guild Newsletter, POTLUCK; Inspirations and Explorations: The North Country Studio Conference with Jeff Oestreich