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Gwen Heffner

Biography to Display: 


BA Printmaking and Ceramics, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

MA Ceramics, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky


Studio Potter

1983—Arts Consultant

1992-2003Owner, Contemporary Artifacts Gallery, Berea, Kentucky

1998—Independent Curator

2003—Information Specialist-Curator, Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, Kentucky


Gwen Heffner is known for wheel-thrown and altered porcelain that is finished with an overall glaze color. Some of her pieces are cast, others feature low relief imagery that references her training as an engraver.

Her work is influenced by the Asian ceramics tradition. Heffner studied printmaking and ceramics at Luther College before entering graduate school at the University of Louisville, where she studied ceramics with Tom Marsh.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Appalachian Regional Commission Offices, Washington, DC

Ceramics Monthly Permanent Collection, Westerville, Ohio

Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky


Bibliography to Display: 

“Beyond Southern Belles.” American Style (2001).

“Blue Ribbon Crafts in Bluegrass Country.” American Style (1998).

Feature on Kentucky potters, Studio Potter (July 1987).

Fina, Angela and Jonathan Fairbanks. The Best of Pottery. Rockport, MA: Quarry Books, 1996.

Gustin, Chris and Jonathan Fairbanks. The Contemporary Potter: A Collection of the Best Original Work in Earthenware, Porcelain, and Stoneware. Rockport Publishers, 2000.

“Gwen Heffner.” American Craft (1999).

“Gwen Heffner-Retrospective Review Ceramics Monthly (1998).

“Gwen Heffner.” Ceramics Monthly (1995).

“Gwen Heffner-Gallery Review.” American Craft (1995).

“Gwen Heffner’s Porcelain.” Ceramics Monthly (1995).

“Gwen Heffner: New Works.” American Craft (1994).

Hluch, Kevin A. The Art of American Contemporary Pottery. Iola, WI: Krause Publications. 2000.

Hopper, Robin. The Ceramic Spectrum. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co. 2008.

___________. Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book co. 2000.

Hunt, Bill. 21st Century Ceramics in the United States & Canada. Westerville, OH: The American Ceramic Society, 2003.

Lane, Peter. Contemporary Porcelain. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1995.

“Wood and Salt Fired Ceramics.” Ceramics Monthly (2001).




Center for CraftSouthern Highland Craft Guild



Center for CraftCenter For Craft



AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks
ca 1995-1999
Date: ca 1995-1999
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Dimensions: 11.6 x 2.9 x 21.7 inches
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.131
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.131
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 23, 2023.