Wendy Olson began teaching ceramics at Inver Hills in 2001. She earned an M.F.A. in Ceramics from Kent State University in 2000 and a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1996.

Wendy's previous teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct instructor of Advanced Figure Drawing at UWRF, an adjunct instructor of Three-Dimensional Design and Introduction to Art at North Hennepin Community College, and a teacher of record of Beginning Ceramics at Kent State.

She has showed her work at UWRF, a permanent collection (1996), and the Weisman Art Museum, "Snake Charmer" (2004). Her published work includes a plate image in "500 Plates Platters, and Chargers" (2008), plate images in "Ceramics For Beginners: Surfaces and Firings" (2010), and a feature article in Madison Originals Magazine (2012).

"I'm passionate about teaching ceramics," Wendy said, regarding her teaching philosophy. "I introduce students to a broad view of ceramics from utilitarian pottery to contemporary sculpture. I try to learn more about my students' interests to help them make connections that they can use in their studio work."

During Wendy's 15 years of teaching at Inver Hills, she has had many rewarding experiences. She considers her students and colleagues the best part of teaching at the college.

"The diversity of age and backgrounds in my classes creates a dynamic teaching environment where students share ideas," she said, adding that she appreciates how Inver Hills is surrounded by nature and also has an active community garden.

When she's not teaching or creating works of art, Wendy loves to read. She likes that the Inver Hills Library does a great job of supplying her with quality books every semester. Her other hobbies include beekeeping, gardening and knitting.