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Wendy Elwell, Dennis Bern

Biography to Display: 

1947 Born Newton, Massachusetts

EDUCATION

Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, Michigan

BA sculpture, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

BA ceramics Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

Grand Rapids Junior College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

10 Years—High School Art, Minnesota

1980-1999 BernWell Pottery with husband Dennis Bern, Hendersonville, North Carolina

1999—BernWell Pottery with husband Dennis Bern, Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

 

Wendy Elwell with her husband Dennis Bern founded BernWell Pottery Studio and Gallery in 1980 where together they produce functional works using stoneware clay and finished with wood ash glazes.  In addition to typical functional pieces she also produces lamps.

Elwell studied with Byron Temple, Tom Kendall, Tom Coleman, Ellen Shankin and Mimi Strang. Her extensive travels as a child in a military family exposed her broadly to ceramics and may have fueled her interest in colorful glazes. Elwell has been especially interested in copper red glazes. 

 

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
Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Platters
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Drape Mold, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified September 11, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/elwell