Case Study

Clary Illian: A Potter's Potter

A native Iowan, Clary Illian received her BFA degree in 1963 from The University of Iowa. In 1964 and 1965, she received a prestigious apprenticeship at Bernard Leach Pottery in Cornwall, England. Since her return in 1966, she has crafted a full-time career as a utilitarian potter. After many years of making stoneware and porcelain pots, Illian is currently investigating earthenware, which has prompted a more light-hearted approach with regard to image and pattern. Working from her studio in Ely, Iowa, Illian continues to make pots in addition to teaching semesters and workshops in art schools and craft teaching institutions across the United States and Canada. The catalog was created for the Clary Illian exhibit at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.




Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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