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Jean Elton

Jean Elton Studio

"We love making ceramic vessels that represent a break from symmetrical objects with earthy glazes, yet retain a faint echo of functionality. We like to explore flowing, dramatic shapes with either bright colors or elegant whites that make a unique design statement in discerning collectors' homes or offices."

Jean Elton is the husband-and-wife team of Lois Jean and William (Bill) Elton Barker. Lois loves creating beautiful objects in 3-D; Bill enjoys the engineering aspects of the discipline. Lois also loves to ask, "what if...?" One day, she asked this question, and Bill responded that the mold wasn't built for that. Lois tried it anyway, and the result became one of Jean Elton's most popular designs. Bill is now a fan.

Lois and Bill collaborate on a computer to create the dramatic lines of their proposed object. A model is then rendered on a 3-D printer or hand assembled using laminates. Bill makes plaster molds from the model and Lois slip casts her "canvases," which she then paints or otherwise decorates. Because these are large statement pieces, overhead cranes are needed to move the molds.

At age 6, Bill accompanied his mother to the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, where he first tried his hand at pottery. He later graduated with an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Lois has participated in and led numerous ceramic workshops. She received formal ceramic training at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, and also studied with Wilhem and Elly Kuch in Germany.

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Moonshot
Ceramic Vase

$ 650
Sunset Shimmer
Ceramic Vase

$ 270
Shark Grip
Ceramic Vase

$ 290
Wonders at Sea
Ceramic Vase

$ 650
Ruth's Painting
Ceramic Vase

$ 290
Color Streams
Ceramic Vase

$ 280
Sunny Shores
Ceramic Vase

$ 270
Ribbons
Ceramic Vase

$ 290
Flaming Vortex
Ceramic Vase

$ 290
Bronze Rift
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 270
Fish Party
Ceramic Vase

$ 290
Drama at Sea II
Ceramic Vase

$ 750
Volcanic Sunset
Ceramic Vase

$ 390
Flaming Matrix
Ceramic Vase

$ 650
Red River
Ceramic Vase

$ 230
20,000 Leagues
Ceramic Vase

$ 230
Landed Lava
Ceramic Vase

$ 230
Bold Fold
Ceramic Vessel

$ 330
Haiku
Ceramic Vase

$ 150
Ammonite Swirls
Ceramic Vase

$ 290
Jarabe Tapatio
Ceramic Bowl

$ 390