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Elaine Biery, Purple Sage Pottery      Studio #9      5808 Tinnin Road NW 

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Elaine Biery grew up on a small farm in Perry, Iowa.  As a young child, she spent her time from morning to evening roaming through the creeks and cornfields of the countryside.  Her childhood days inspired her love of art.  Her respect and love of nature is reflected in her work.  When moving to New Mexico as a young adult, her interest in clay became apparent.  Exploring Indian ruins has greatly influenced her work.  She became interested in the images of the rock art designs as a way of connecting with our ancient ancestors.  These ancient rock galleries provided an eloquent window to the past. Her pots and bowls are one with the tradition and spirit of the great Southwest.  In 2003, there was a large fire in the bosque along the Rio Grande.  The fire destroyed acres of cottonwoods along the river.  Inspiration came from the charred remains of those magnificent trees.  Thus, was born the “bosque bowls “which are large bowls with cottonwood trees carved along the rim.  Elaine exhibited her first bosque bowl in the Celebration of Clay in Albuquerque and won “Best of Show”.  In 2010, she won “Best of Show” in the Los Ranchos Studio Tour with one of her bosque bowls.  Walking along the ditch bank in the North Valley with its surrounding landscapes and wildlife has influenced her work.  Ravens seem to be appearing on more and more of her pots.  Elaine enjoys working with contrasting textures and various glazes on her hand built and wheel thrown pieces.  The use of crystalline glazes are her newest adventure.  Elaine’s journey will continue . . . “there is so much more to learn.”