Forrest Riise Pelsue


Art and Design Historian and Educator

Forrest Riise Pelsue  is an eduator, writer, and historian whose work focuses on craft and making in art and design.She is interested in the objects that surround us in daily life, today and in the past, and the stories they can tell about our politics, economy, and society. In order to unpack these structures, she strives to take a feminist and anticolonial approach to design history.




  • The Graduate Center, The City University of New York – PhD Art History  current
  • Parsons Paris – MA History of Design & Curatorial Studies – May 2018
  • University of Nevada, Reno – BA Art History; BA French Language – May 2015


Tradition, Modernisation, Création: Tensions in French Craft 1960-1990
The Journal of Modern Craft, August 2021

Sisterhoods—The Amazons of Bourges and their distant cousins in Charleston (UK) and Brooklyn (USA)
By Anne Dressen, translated from the French by Forrest Pelsue
Paris LA, June 2021

Polishing Up on History: How the Federalist Paper nail wraps help the Girl Nerd claim her stake in politics past and present
Objective, March 2019

Turning Up the Volume: Exhibition review of The Future of Craft Part 1 at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York
CRAFTS, November 2018


Research and curatorial assistant for the exhibition Les Flammes: l’Âge de la Céramique (October 2021-Feburary 2022) with Anne Dressen, chief curator, and Margot Nguyen, assistant curator, Contemporary Art, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris


  • “Distance(s) and the In-Between”: Graduate Student Symposium– Presenter
    Department of Art History, University of Kansas, November 2023
    Presented the paper “Kanak, Algerian, Communard: Three Worlds Pictured on Kanaky-New Caledonia, 1870-1883”
  • “Craft – Radical or conservative? – Lessons from French and Chinese history” -Guest Speaker
    Garland Magazine, December 2021
    Spoke to the nuances of the French definition of craft as part of a series of talks on global craft