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Piero Fenci

  • Professor
    • Ceramics (Area Advisor)
  • M.F.A., New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University (1975)
Piero Fenci received his undergraduate degree in Latin-American Studies with a minor in Art History from Yale University, and he earned his M.F.A. from the prestigious New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Professor Fenci has been with SFA since 1975 and has distinguished himself as both an artist and educator. His ceramic vessels have been featured in magazines and books such as Ceramics Monthly, American Ceramics, The Contemporary Potter, and Clay and Glazes for the Potter.

In 2004 he founded the first university program in contemporary ceramic art in the history of northern Mexico at la Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua in Chihuahua City, and continues to travel there yearly as a visiting professor in the School of Fine Arts to mentor the program. Professor Fenci has earned an international reputation as a ceramist, exhibiting his work from coast to coast, and in Italy, Russia, and Mexico, and he was recently named “Texas Master” by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the fourth person (and the first ceramist) in the state to be honored with that award.

Fenci lives and shares a studio with his sculptor wife, Elizabeth Akamatsu, in the small town of Appleby, 10 miles north of Nacogdoches. His work is represented in many private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Scheiner-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY, and in the Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas.