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Clayfolk is an association of clay artists from Southern Oregon and Northern California. From the early days of the organization, Ellice T. Johnston was a guiding light and this scholarship is offered in her memory. We'd like you to know a little about her.

Ellice already had a BA in painting when she began studying ceramics with Susan Peterson at Chouinard Institute (later part of the California Institute of the Arts) during the early 1950's. She went on to become a part of two co-operative studios in the Los Angeles area before moving to Oregon in 1974. Clayfolk had just formed and the younger potters immediately gravitated to Ellice, who was always there with technical or artistic advice and a friendly ear. She made her studio and equipment available to those who had an interest in clay but not the means. She helped start Clayfolk's workshop program which has attracted over 50 renowned potters and clay artists to Southern Oregon. When Ellice died suddenly in 1984, it was decided that a scholarship be created in her name. Ellice was so much a part of the spirit of Clayfolk that a scholarship which would continue her kind ways and good works seemed a fitting tribute.
 
 

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