Artist Statement


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At the core of ceramics is the creation of functional, practical and otherwise useful objects. It requires practice and craftsmanship to develop forms that are both pleasing and functional. Through this process and the practiced hands of the potter, ceramic work is elevated and transformed. I create subtle, strong functional forms in porcelain, and occasionally rats.

Early in my career, I was struck by the concept of ceramics as a functional fine art. I was especially drawn to the Japanese folk craft revival movement. It inspired me to move to Japan to study traditional ceramics. I am fascinated by the craftsmanship and simple elegance of traditional forms through which the potter is able to create an intensly interactive form of art, and occasionally rats.



2 Responses to Artist Statement

  1. Cindy says:

    Ellis, I was in Crystal River when you were at a show. Your dad helped me he was REALLY sick. Just wanted you to know how much I love the 2 cups I bought. I do energy work, CInergE with animals and a few good people. I was drawn to the spirals because my work is all about spiraling. Check out my website. I love drinking from my cups, lots of good vibes. Thanks for sharing your talent and I’ll be following your success. Best, Cindy Brody

    • potterybug1 says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words! Poor da comes in for me anytime I have shows. Sick or not he’s dead set on helping out. Neat site, by the way. I’m glad the cups are to your liking. The best compliment a potter can get is to know that their work is being enjoyed and used.

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