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Clary Illian: A Potter's Potter

August 25, 2012 - February 17, 2013

Clary Illian, Vase, soda-fired stoneware, 13 x 10 in., collection of Michael McCombs.
A special exhibition preview reception for this exhibition has been scheduled for Friday, August 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. This preview is free and open to the public!

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.

Accompanying this exhibition is a companion volume highlighting Illian's 50-year career. Funded by a generous grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, this book contains essays by Illian, potter and retired University of Nebraska professor Gail Kendall, and Joy Sperling, an art historian at Denison University.

This exhibition is supported in part by the Momentum Fund of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.


on 09/04/18
I am looking for the current value of a jug I purchased by you, Clary. It is light green ceramic. I love it!
Susan Bercu
on 01/10/13
Congratulations, Clary, on your well-deserved retrospective. Wish I were there to see the show but I do have wonderful memories of you, your art and your influence on so many young potters.
julie zimmer
on 09/15/12
-long time fan
Cary Esser
on 08/25/12
Congratulations to Clary and to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Clary's life and work has inspired many over the years and continues to do so.
Cary Esser
Chair of Ceramics
Kansas City Art Institute
Linda Robinson Walker
on 08/21/12
As you can't have "Clary" without "clay,"

So you can't have her pottery without poetry.

Congratulations, dear friend.

Atom Burke
on 01/19/12
Looking forward to it

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