Donald Penny creates slab constructed ceramic vessels and sculptures. Simple in form and design, his pieces are finished with complex glazes in a palette referencing the earth.
Penny studied ceramics engineering at Georgia Tech and holds art and marketing degrees from Georgia State University. He received a MS degree in constructive design from Florida State University and he is a Craftsman-Trustee Emeritus of the American Crafts Council.
His work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC), High Museum of Art (GA) and Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences (GA). He has exhibited his ceramics at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (NC), Museum of Arts and Crafts (GA) and Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts (GA).
Don currently works from his studio in Georgia.
"I am fascinated by the theme of geological change as manifested in the sedimentary canyons which are an integral part of the landscape of the Americas. I do not attempt to reproduce phenomena which nature accomplishes much better. My work attempts to synthesize my own feelings about time, earth, materials and change. It is a reflection and celebration about these natural and human forces."