Keynote Speaker




Willers is a visual artist, educator, writer, researcher, mother, and author of the book, Terra Sigillata: Contemporary Techniques, which was published by The American Ceramics Society in February 2019.  


Her diverse art practice includes ceramics, mixed media, drawing, painting, and installation works. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: Persistence of Mingei: Influence Through Four Generations of Ceramic Artists opening at The Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis) in March of 2019 – 2021 and Crowns, an exhibition focusing on art made in response to the experience of mothering, at the Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio opening October 2019. 


Willers received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in ceramics and photography from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 2003 and continued with post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. In 2007, she completed her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with an emphasis in ceramics and minor studies in drawing and sculpture. Her work and writing has appeared inCeramics Monthly,Pottery Making Illustrated, andCeramics Technical. 

Rhonda currently serves in an executive leadership position as Steward of the Board of Directors for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, also known as NCECA.   

From 2007-2018, Willers was a Lecturer in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls teaching a broad range of courses: beginning and advanced level ceramics, creative arts entrepreneurship, design foundations, and general art appreciation (class size of 120-150). Her special projects included overseeing student participation in the American Craft Council St. Paul Show for three years, assisting the visiting artist program known as the Wyman Visiting Professor in Art, securing and/or supporting several prominent artists and scholars, as well as co-coordinating or coordinating gallery exhibitions and the annual outdoor art exhibition. 

She currently works as a full-time studio artist and writer at her home in rural Elk Mound, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and three children. 

To see more of her work visit her website.