"Clary Illian is a national treasure. Her work is a link between the Leach tradition in British pottery and
contemporary studio ceramics in the US. I have known and admired her for 30 years.
'A YEAR IN THE LIFE' is a thoughtful documentary about a thoughtful person.
This movie portrays a true artist who has lived her life on her own terms."
- Cary Esser, Professor & Chair of Ceramics, Kansas City Art Institute

"Your documentary is a perfect complement to Clary's life and art.
It's warm and generous in that unassuming way that characterizes her pottery (as well as her personality).
In this world of virtual reality and social networking, Clary Illian is proof positive that a potter
can be the cornerstone of an actual community.
It's inspirational to see her reflect on leaving 24 years of her life behind to start the next phase of her life."
- Garth Johnson, extremecraft.com

"I love it. I think you did a great job telling Clary's story...
She is an amazing woman and I think that comes through in the film.
I really think it has some important messages for potters/artists.
She's always been a great inspiration to me and this makes it even more so."
- Ron Philbeck, ronphilbeckpottery.com

"Thanks for documenting one of the world's most articulate and under-appreciated artists."
- Mark Rossier, markrossierpottery.com


A Year in the Life

The DVD is also available from
Laguna Clay Axner

Through questions about LIFE, WORK and ART, this 24-minute video follows one artist's journey into semi-retirement .

The documentary features specially-recorded performances by "gypsy" jazz musicians from Hot Club of Davenport.

Narrated by Saffron Henke.

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Also on the DVD:

Life in Clay: Clary Illian extended sequences and interviews

-Over 150 slides from Clary Illian Pottery

-Interview with Arkansas potter Beth Lambert

-Interview with Iowa potter BIll Robbins

Read a review at:
the mud room

Also reviewed in American Craft Magazine (Feb/Mar 2011)