Dr. Margaret Carney

Ceramic Art Historian

World Ceramics: Neolithic through Contemporary





Margaret Carney is a ceramics historian with a Ph.D. in Asian art history, an M.Phil. and Master's in Asian Art History and a B.A. in anthropology/archaeology.  She currently serves as director and chief curator of the International Museum of Dinnerware Design in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Dr. Carney is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics (Societé Internationale de la Ceramique) in Switzerland.


She has received research grants from the Cumming Ceramic Research Foundation, the Tile Heritage Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art and Renwick Gallery (Senior Fellow), and the American Ceramic Circle.


Dr. Carney taught ceramic world history at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Bowling Green State University, and the Ohio State University for the past 16 years.


She has presented lectures in the US and worldwide in Sydney, London, Shanghai and Jingdezhen at institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Rhode Island School of Design; the Everson Museum of Art; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Minggei International Museum in San Diego; Boston College; Taipei Gallery, New York City; Cowan Pottery Museum, Rocky River, Ohio; the Flint Institute of Arts; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; the Minnesota Art Pottery Association; the American Ceramic Society; American Ceramic Circle; the Australasian Ceramic Society; SOFA Chicago; NCECA; the Symposium on Ancient Ceramics in Shanghai; and Elderhostels in New York and Iowa.


She has previously served as museum director and curator at the Blair Museum of Lithophanes, Toledo, Ohio; founding director and curator of the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and elsewhere.






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