Maureen Mills grew up with an interest in making things from sewing her own cloths to knitting blankets and sweaters. She didn’t discover clay until she was a sophomore at Knox College in Illinois, where she finished her degree in Chemistry but continued to pursue her passion for clay. As a potter for more than 30 years now, her love of surface design is unwaveringly evident and well documented in her book Surface Design for Ceramics published by Lark Books in 2008. Her unquenchable interest in researching design led her to teaching, and when she is not on the road teaching workshops or in the classroom where she is faculty at the Institute of Art and Design at New England College in Manchester NH, she maintains a studio with her husband Steven Zoldak in Portsmouth New Hampshire. Exhibiting her ceramic vessels nationally and internationally, her work has most recently been included in the 10th Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennale in the Republic of South Korea. As a member of the International Symposium on Ceramic Art Education and Exchange, Maureen has taken groups of faculty and students to Japan, China, England and The Republic of South Korea where she has presented her research on surface design, taught workshops and gave demonstrations of her process.