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Ellen is a locally recognized studio potter. Her creative journey began over 25 years ago after a fulfilling carrier in the record industry. Initially ceramics was a great hobby, a stress release from her busy entrepreneurial life. As she began to explore the medium, Ellen studied with numerous ceramic artists and teachers around the county where she learned various ceramic techniques.

Then in 2004, with the help of her husband, they built Clayworks Studio, offering adult and children’s pottery classes along with a summer camp program to the local community. Students were taught a wide variety of hand building techniques including clay slab, pinch pots, coiling, molds and glazing along with the potter’s wheel.

Today her work is a combination of both hand built and wheel-thrown functional pieces. She is fascinated by textures and inspired by the colors of the earth, sea and sky. To further define her style Ellen often incorporates lace, wooden texture rollers, carving techniques and slip in an effort to create flowing curves and dynamic surfaces. Her goal is to create vibrant, unique ceramic art that one can enjoy everyday.

To this day the process of working in clay is an going passion that she has been hooked on from the moment she discovered it! Ellen shows her work at both juried and invitational exhibitions and is currently featured at the Ventura Pottery Gallery located in the The Ventura Harbor.