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Martha Sullivan is an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design in Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design. She teaches in the Foundation Program, and also teaches courses in Computer Aided Design - Solidworks, and Ceramics. In 2013, Martha was awarded the University Certificate for Excellence in Outreach, and in 2010, she was awarded the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Excellence in Teaching Award. In May and June of 2013, Martha was a Visiting Scholar at Telemark University College in Notodden, Norway. Prior to a faculty position at Virginia Tech, she taught at the Roswell Art Center, The John C. Campbell Folk School and privately through her studio, Sol Pottery. In 2006 Martha was chosen to receive the Gianninoto Graduate Scholarship from the Industrial Designers Society of America for her thesis work in Industrial Ceramics. Martha is currently the Development Committee Chair for The Jacksonville Center for the Arts, a non-profit organization focused on art education and showcasing rural creativity in southwest Virginia, as well as the Facilities Committee Chair for the Blue Mountain School, a progressive and contemplative school in Floyd, Virginia. Martha also volunteers on the Education Committee for ‘Round the Mountain, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network. Martha’s current ceramic work focuses on functional objects for the table and home.

research interests


Kiln Building

First Year Experience

Service Learning