Don  Ellis
Don Ellis - photo by Adam J. Telford

"I find great joy in working with clay. It has evolved into a fascination and a livelihood. A pot is an extension of the person creating it, it becomes a part of him. I work almost extensively in high-fire, functional stoneware pieces. To create functional stoneware, to me, hopefully means that not only will the piece be pleasing to look at, but also of some use to the person owning it, thus its purpose is two-fold.

Education

B.S. in education, McMurry University, Abilene, TX; M.F.A. in ceramics from University of North Texas in Denton, TX

Teaching Affiliations:

Currently Assistant Professor of Ceramics at San Juan College in Farmington, NM; Ceramics educator since 1986 - Chair of Art Department, McMurry University; New Mexico State University (retired in 2001).

Community Involvement / Other Accomplishments

As a teacher and a working artist, he has a great dedication to his work. He provides the information and impetus to fully motivate students and aid them in resolving their ideas in clay. He is both a catalyst and a perpetual student. His work is vessel-oriented, derived from traditional, functional forms. His ultimate objective is to see beyond the vessel and glimpse the beauty of objects when used in their right applications. At North Texas State University, he got a taste of the Raku firing process. He has spent over 20 years perfecting his innovative approach to Raku and has come to be known as a master of copper matte. He and his family owned and operated Cloudcroft Pottery in New Mexico. He participates in many exhibits and teaches workshops throughout the United States. He creates everything from high-fire, functional stoneware to decorative vessels in copper matt raku, horsehair raku, and saggar-fired raku.

Artist Exhibits

Group:
2007 - Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit, Henderson Fine Art Gallery, San Juan College, Farmington, NM

Publications:
Don is one of four artists featured in the book "Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques" by James C. Watkins. He is also published in "Mastering Raku" by Steven Branfman; "Hot Damn! Pottree: Wedge to Fire" (http://ceramicartsdaily.org/bookstore/pottree-wedge-to-fire/ )

Biographical Resources

artist, http://www.sierranevada.edu/125

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