Clary Illian

Ely, IA

Clary Illian graduated from the University of Iowa in 1963, after receiving her BFA in ceramics.  From 1964 – 1965, she was an apprentice at the Bernard Leach Pottery in England. Since that time, she’s been a full-time maker of utilitarian pottery, with studios in various locations throughout Iowa.  She has taught workshops around the country and was a sabbatical replacement instructor at the University of Iowa and at the Kansas City Art Institute.  After 45 years of working exclusively in porcelain and stoneware, Illian has recently switched to earthenware.  The pots are still intended for use, but are more “decorated and lighthearted, if not downright frivolous.”