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Dennis Bern, Wendy Elwell, Bern Well Pottery

Biography to Display: 

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 and his wife, Wendy Elwell, 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. They use the combination of soft stoneware clays, wood ash glazes, and gas reduction firing to achieve quality.


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
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Form: Platter
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 1, 2018.