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Penny Truitt

Biography to Display: 


1962 BA Classical Archeology, Boston University, Boston, MA


1990 Winter Apprenticeship, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

2008 Residency, Sanbao International Ceramic Artist Residency Program, China


Ceramic Sculptor


Penny Truitt is known for mixed media sculptural forms. 

Beginning her career as a clay sculptor, Truitt added graphic elements of steel to her work forming a visual contrast to the clay. This work, addresses the interaction of metal elements which change over time with fired ceramic which does not. She uses line and texture on both materials. The drawings on the ceramic element typically reference a landscape.

Truitt says this about this body of work, “In 2010, I presented work addressing the issue of boundaries, encompassing Border walls, obstructions and impositions. Years later, this theme prevails.”


Public Collections to Display: 

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

Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia

Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

State Capitol Art Collection, New Mexico Capitol Art Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke Virginia


Bibliography to Display: 

Brown, Glen R.  500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice and Singular Works. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2009.

Cushing, Val and Chris Rich. The Ceramic Design Book. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1998.

Giorgini, Frank. Handmade Tiles. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2001.

Goletz, DeBorah. Ceramic Art Tile for the Home. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2001.

“Handbuilding with Large Slabs.” Clay Times (January/February 2009).

Piepenburg, Robert E. Raku Pottery: A Practical Approach. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co., 1991.

_________________. The Spirit of Clay: A Classic Guide to Ceramics. Pebble Press, 1998.

Triplett, Kathy. Handbuilt Ceramics: Pinching, Coiling, Extruding, Molding, Slip Casting, Slab Work.  Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2000. 




Center for CraftSouthern Highland Craft Guild



Center for CraftCenter For Craft


Typical Marks
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab-Built, Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified March 29, 2022.