1. This is a trailer for a 24-minute documentary about Clary Illian's pottery shop in Ely, Iowa.

    Through five decades Clary Illian has sustained herself through her pottery. Today she continues to build her career in small-town Iowa.

    Born in Sioux City, she grew up in Cedar Rapids and attended the University of Iowa ('63). She returned to the states after a post-college apprenticeship with pottery legends Bernard and Janet Leach in St. Ives, UK. She has become a role model for ceramic artists interested in developing a self-sustaining practice.

    In Ely, she set up a studio and gallery in an historic Oddfellow's Hall where she also lived for 24 years above her pottery shop.

    In 1998, she published _A Potter's Workbook_, a philosophical guide to designing and creating functional pots, which has become a popular resource for pottery practitioners.

    By her description she is "grounded in utility" and fires pots, works clay or trims and glazes pots each day.

    While walking her dog in February 2008 she fell on an icy sidewalk and was sidelined for two months as the bones healed in her wrist. During her recovery she began writing a mystery novel. The project was a departure from her previous book on pottery, but provided a welcome distraction from the rehabilitation and cold winter.

    Following her recovery, she began scaling back her studio practice. She down-sized from two large kilns to a lower temperature electric kiln and started a new vein of work.

    This is the story of her semi-retirement.

    The project is scheduled to be released in Feb. 2010.

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  2. Clary Illian discusses her early influences in this, one of the special features on the DVD "A Year in the Life" the biography of Clary Illian.

    Illian is the former Leach apprentice who's made her career in small-town Iowa.

    She still throws pots in Ely, Ia.

    Other Special Features on the DVD include:
    - Over 150 slides of Clary's work in a looped slideshow
    - 5 minute Interview with Beth Lambert, an Arkansas potter and former apprentice of Clary's
    - Another short interview with eastern Iowa potter Bill Robbins

    Featuring music by Hot Club of Davenport

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  3. This is part of a DVD about Clary Illian called A YEAR IN THE LIFE.

    "I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own." - Andy Warhol

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  4. This is part of a DVD project started in 2008 about Clary Illian called "A Year in the Life."

    In this interview, talking about the impression Illian made on her, Arkansas potter Beth Lambert declares "She made me a potter."

    Lambert apprenticed with Illian after meeting her at a workshop in Arkansas.

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    Shot and edited by Atom Burke

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Clary Illian: A Year in the Life

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These are some of the parts of the DVD titled "Clary Illian: A Year in the Life."
Besides the 24-minute biographical documentary, the special features on the DVD include:
- Over 150 slides of Clary's work in a looped slideshow
- Life in Clay: Clary…


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These are some of the parts of the DVD titled "Clary Illian: A Year in the Life."
Besides the 24-minute biographical documentary, the special features on the DVD include:
- Over 150 slides of Clary's work in a looped slideshow
- Life in Clay: Clary Illian extended sequences
- Short interview with Beth Lambert, an Arkansas potter and former apprentice of Clary's
- Short interview with eastern Iowa potter Bill Robbins

The main video, "A Year in the Life," chronicles her recovery from a broken wrist and the process of semi-retiring in a new home and studio. It is currently being submitted to film festivals.

Music by Hot Club of Davenport

More info at atomburke.com

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