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Dennis Bern, Wendy Elwell

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1950 Born Benton Harbor, Michigan

2012 Died


AA Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, Michigan

Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, Michigan


1980-2012 Studio Potter


Dennis Bern is known for a combination of soft stoneware clays, wood ash glazes, and gas reduction firing to achieve quality. He worked with his wife, Wendy Elwell. They operated BernWell Pottery Studio and Gallery that featured distinctive works of the husband and wife potters.

Bern is an accomplished steel fabricator, welder, and wood worker. Elwell works on lamps with sculpted surface decorations and functional pottery.  


Artist's Studio: Bern Well Pottery




the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.


Typical Marks
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Drape Mold
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified September 7, 2019.