Ely, Iowa, resident Clary Illian first started making ceramics in the early 1960s, shortly after graduating from the University of Iowa's highly-respected ceramics department and a two year residency with world renowned British ceramicist Bernard Leach. Since then, Illian has created a body of work which not only celebrates the utilitarian qualities she pursues, but also demonstrates her ability to infuse each of her pieces with their own unique character and personality. Whether in stoneware, porcelain, or earthenware, each of her pieces allow the owner to experience pots in a new way.
This is a companion book to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art's exhibition of work by Clary Illian. This 95 page full-color volume was funded by a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation and includes essays and photos documenting Clary's achievements through her ceramic career. Here at AKAR, we are proud that we could help with the development of this book by taking all the photos of the pottery featured.