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Frances Senska

Biography to Display: 

A Batanga, Camaroon native, Senska was a Montana State College (University) Professor of Art from 1946 – 1973. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she didn't become familiar with pottery until her Navy Service in World War II, where she worked with Edith Heath (Heath Ceramics, California) and Maija Grotell (Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan), also titans in the field. Known widely as the Grandmother of Ceramics in Montana, she founded the Ceramic Arts Program at MSU in Bozeman; introducing clay to the first two resident artist directors of the Archie Bray Foundation – Rudy Autio & Peter Voulkos. Known for her service to the field, Senska influenced the development of the Archie Bray Foundation from its very beginnings and was a founding member of the Montana Institute for the Arts (Montana Arts Council).

 

 

 

Typical Marks
1960-1970
1960—
Vase
Date: 1989
Form: Vase
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Covered Jar
Form: Covered Jar
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Wine set
Form: Pitcher
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Brushwork, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Yellow Bird
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Brushwork, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Pitcher
Form: Pitcher
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Holter Museum of Art
Photo: TMP
Holter Museum of Art
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Covered Jar
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Holter Museum of Art
Photo: TMP
Holter Museum of Art
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Holter Museum of Art, gift of Miriam Sample
Photo: TMP
Holter Museum of Art, gift of Miriam Sample
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Ya Ba Bo=There Will Be Nine
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze, Wax Resist
Holter Museum of Art
Photo: TMP
Holter Museum of Art
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeff. "The Marks Project." Last modified September 11, 2017. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/senska