I have always been interested in the ability of a ceramic vessel to point to something beyond itself—to function as metaphor. Physically structured with necks, shoulders, bellies, and feet, ceramics vessels can evoke the gesture and anthropomorphized stance of the human body; they also reveal deep aspects of human experience and the natural world.
My recent work explores the vessel form as a wellspring or womb, with possibilities of both fecundity and barrenness. Through spontaneous handling of inanimate clay, I attempt to find and breathe life into form.
Ellen Schön is Adjunct Faculty in Fine Arts and Clay Studio Supervisor at the Art Institiute of Boston at Lesley University, where she has taught ceramics and 3-D courses since 2002. Schön received a BA from Marlboro College (Ceramics and Perceptual Psychology) and an MFA in Ceramics from Boston University’s Program in Artisanry. She has exhibited in numerous shows in the United States and is a past recipient of the Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship. Schön has organized and co-curated interdiscip-
linary, thematic group exhibitions in non-profit venues in the Boston area and abroad.
Most important awards/ symposiums
Schön has participated in international artist symposia/
residencies in Finland, Croatia, Hungary, Turkey, Israel, Germany, and Malaysia.
The Museum of fine Arts, Boston recently acquired one of her ceramic sculptures, Nargila Pod, for their permanent collection.