Ellany's career in clay began at Hunter College in New York City in 1976. Though formally educated, she claims to be mostly self-taught. She has taken many workshops with various colleagues and clay artist including Pete Pinnell, Woody Hughes, Susan Peterson, Jeff Shapiro, Steven Hill ….. and many, many more.
After student teaching at Marymount Manhattan College, she opened Honey Hill Pottery in Callicoon, NY.in 1997. Inspired by the beauty around her, she continues to refine her style and holds workshops and symposiums for people interested in clay.

Since I was a young girl, I have always been fascinated and intrigued with the variety of cultures that make up our world. I would always pull inspiration from tribal people when life in New York City got to be just too much concrete for me.
Throughout history, anthropologists have been able to depict quite precisely how ancient people lived through the pottery they found at ancient dig sites. The timeless durability of these ancient pots held stories like secrets, for hundreds of thousands of years.
Over the milennia and along with globalization has come the demise of many distinct cultural traditions. Through my work with clay, I strive to bring up to date and to the table, a modern-day depiction of our own rich cultural heritage. Current with the times, all dishwasher and microwave safe, these vessels are timeless and speak of beauty. Durable and distinct, like the language of culture itself, my pots are tactile and speak directly to your fingertips.
The sense of touch, which is vital to human existence, creates a sense of belonging: be it to a certain tribe or culture, to the family of humanity, to tradition, or to a shared meal together. My pots speak of connectedness in the present day.
There is no better way to nurture yourself than with food prepared and served in a handmade, mindfully made pot. They are timeless, durable and pleasing to the senses. You will find that my pots exude the qualities of beauty and usefulness, just as we, the family of humanity do.
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