Ellen Mulligan, Pottery
Ellen Mulligan is a ceramic artist making pottery for everyday use. She works in porcelain and stoneware, and enjoys using imagery on her work. "I grew up with my Grandmother's gift to a large family, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic. All those beautiful older issues, with the scrolling on the front cover, like money. In a crazy, busy household somehow sneaking off for some quiet time, with a cup of tea, is connected with paging through those issues, seeing the world from the kitchen table. I connected this peaceful, quiet feeling with my pottery, and maybe how I would like to see it used. So my first attempts were colored slip brushwork inspired by images I saw in the National Geographic (yes, I got a subscription) - birds, children, just a stray image from a very strange, exotic world.
"Pottery has been unbelievably rewarding for me. Seeing my tableware in daily use makes it all fall into place. I like to imagine my pots stacked in the dishwasher -- sturdy, dirty and well-used. They can be used for a Thanksgiving dinner, mid-week takeout or morning cereal." Ellen is a member of Underground Potters, Potters' Guild of NJ, Tomo Potters and the Potters Council, and is very happy to be a member of the Gallery 23 family. You can reach Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Father's Day is observed on the third Sunday of June. It honors all fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, and father figures for their contribution. It was first celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, WA at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd. She heard about Mother's Day in 1909 and told her pastor she thought fathers should have a similar holiday. Her father raised six children as a single parent. The local clergymen agreed to the idea and the first Father's Day sermon was given on June 19, 1910.
Sandy Pancrazi, Pottery
Sandy Pancrazi is a studio potter working out of her basement studio in northern New Jersey. She works in earthenware and stoneware making functional pottery. ‘I love the palate of colors available in Earthenware pottery. Those colors combined with the rich velvety color of the clay make an alluring combination. Painting on the clay gives rise to an infinite number of designs and never gets boring. I like to think of my pottery being used in the daily rituals of family life and one of my favorite pastimes, eating good food “, says Sandy. Sandy is a member of Gallery23 in Blairstown and the Potters Guild of New Jersey. Sandy can be reached at email@example.com
Featured Artists for the month of June are Ellen Mulligan and Sandy Pancrazi, both are functional potters . Their work will be featured in the windows at Gallery 23 throughout June.