Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
Charlene Carpenzano

My earliest memories of shaping earth into art involve the making of mud pies, which I would sling at my brothers. That got me hooked. 

While at Rhode Island College, I continued exploring clay while double majoring in art education and psychology. Later, as a student in RISD’s Continuing Education Program, I met a group of people with whom I founded Domus Luti, a pottery co-op in Pawtucket, RI. We continue our clay obsession to this day. 

I joined the faculty at Newport Art Museum in 2003. In that position, I have been able to forward the joy and creativity that others have instilled in me. I teach others my passion! 

My career is multi-faceted. As an artist, my work ranges from the sculptural to the functional. As an educator, I work with a diverse group of students who range in age from 4 to 90 and who come from a myriad of backgrounds.  As the Museum’s outreach teacher, I also work with psychiatric and behavioral needs students from the Bradley Schools. 

My work is infused with the ancient art of Raku, a Japanese firing technique where pieces are removed from the hot kiln and placed into a mass of combustible materials. The resulting fire and smoke react with the clay to create a crackled surface. 

Through all of these processes, I continue to explore my relationship between time, places, people, cultures and rituals.


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I Have Worked With

  • I am a faculty memeber and an outreach teacher for the Newport Art Museum.

  • I am a founding memeber of Domus Luti a 15 member pottery cooperative in Pawtucket Rhode Island

  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Teaching Artist
Physical Address: 
125 Valhalla Drive
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Ceramics
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Geographic Reach: 

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Rhode Island College BS in Art Education and a BA in Physchology.
Pell Award in 2016
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Rhode Island Education Roster

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
BS in art education and a BA in Pyschology