I use the ceramics medium to tell a story. As I mold the clay into the form I’m trying to achieve, the mythology will evolve. Every cut into the clay reveals another layer. I embellish it with textures and details. Next the story is colored, enhancing every detail. Once installed, the narrative can be read in it’s entirety.
Each of these works speak about an individual issue, yet as a series, they tell a larger story. They interact with the viewer to evoke thought about the earth as our home, animals as our tribe and our accountability to them. The work has a darkness to it, yet a playfulness as well. Each character has it’s own personality and gesture. Some pieces pieces have a hollow, or negative space which touches on the fear of revealing the truth or looking within. To look inside we must acknowledge that we are each responsible.
My inspiration comes from my love of wildlife and nature. At a time when people are doing so much damage, it’s hard to think that one person could make a difference. Through my work, I hope to do just that. My intention is to awaken in each viewer the motivation to look in the mirror and make even a small change.
This delightful garden creature is made to stay outdoors, year round. Made from vitrified stoneware and protected with a masonry sealant, this 26" sculpture will be an amazing conversation piece. Black bear with lustrous bees adorning it.
This life-size queen of the night forest is suitable to reside in your garden year round. Special care instructions are simple and easy to follow. Stoneware, treated with masonry sealant.
This stunning piece may startle your guests! 25" in height, this lynx, adorned in bronze effect leaves will really stand out in your garden. Made from stoneware and sealed with a masonry sealant, this piece is suitable for the outdoors, year-round.
This unique sculpture of a child of the forest will be an original conversation piece for all of your garden guests. Standing about 26' tall, this piece is packed with joy and personality. Hand sculpted from stoneware and sealed with masonry sealant~ Suitable for the outdoors, year round.
This adorable sea otter, smiling with seashell glam will just make your garden that much cuter! Sculpted from stoneware and sealed with masonry sealant, this can reside outdoors, year round.
These monkeys hang on a wall. I'd be very happy to drive up to 3 hours in order to install one or both of these works. Sculpted from stoneware, these could be installed outside on a garden wall or fence or inside on a porch or inner wall. 25"
This fearsome animal was trained by mice to be their loyal steed. Stoneware sculpture ridden by stoneware mice in a stoneware sardine and turtle shell pagoda.
An orange, "nice" battlecat is also available
Founded in 2017 by a group of over 30 artists, Hotpoint Emporuim is a collective of artists from Rhode Island and surrounding areas. Hotpoint sells a wide variety of art from many mediums at very affordable price ranges. Rhode Island is a State of the Arts and art purchased at the co-op is sales tax free!
To see more of Ellen's smaller works, visit the store at 39 State Street, Bristol, RI 02809