Featured Plenary Speaker
Rob Hunter has over 30 years of professional experience in prehistoric and historical archaeology. He has an MA in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary, and additional course work at the doctoral level in American Studies. He was the founding director of the Center for Archaeological Research at The College of William and Mary. Since 2001, he has been editor of the annual journal, Ceramics in America, published by the Chipstone Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He was a partner in the business Period Designs, an innovative firm specializing in the reproduction of 17th and 18th century decorative arts. He has acquired a number of important ceramic objects for many museums including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the British Museum, The Chipstone Foundation, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the Smithsonian Institution.
Rob lectures widely and participates in the New York Ceramics Fair in January each year. He has written for a variety of ceramic publications including Ceramic Review, Studio Potter, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Pottery Making Illustrated, Kerameiki Techni, Early America Life and The Magazine ANTIQUES.
He received the 2007 Award of Merit from the Society for Historical Archaeology and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquities of London. He is a board member of CFile and the American Ceramics Circle.