Piero Fenci received his undergraduate degree in Latin-American studies with a minor in art history from Yale University. He earned his M.F.A. from the prestigious New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Fenci has been with SFA since 1975 and has distinguished himself as both an artist and an educator. His ceramic vessels have been featured in 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 he continues to travel there yearly to mentor the program. Fenci has earned an international reputation as a ceramist, exhibiting his work from coast to coast and in Italy, Russia and Mexico. He was recently named “Texas Master” by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, becoming the fourth person (and the first ceramist) in the state to be honored with the award.
Fenci lives and shares a studio with his sculptor wife, Elizabeth Akamatsu, in the small town of Appleby north of Nacogdoches. His work is represented in private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, New