Schön’s practice has embraced the capacity of ceramic vessels to evoke the gesture and stance of the human figure. Now departing from the vessel tradition (though indebted to it), these totems simultaneously explore the limits of abstraction, express contemporary feminist sensibilities, and reference archaic fertility figures such as Cycladic idols and the Venus of Willendorf.

Totems
Ellen Schön  Totems stoneware
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Queen
2020
stoneware
31 x 9 x 9 inches

Ceramic Sculpture
Ellen Schön  Totems Stoneware
Conversation 1
2020
Stoneware
31" H

Ceramic Sculpture

Ellen Schön  Totems Stoneware
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Cry Me a River, view 1
2020
Stoneware
31" H

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Ellen Schön  Totems Stoneware
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Seminal
2020
Stoneware
31" H

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Ellen Schön  Totems Stoneware
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Seeker, view 1
2020
Stoneware
31" H

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Ellen Schön  Totems Stoneware
Plea, view 1
2020
Stoneware
31" H

Ceramic Sculpture

Ellen Schön  Totems Stoneware
Three Graces
2019
Stoneware
17" H

Ceramic Sculpture
Ellen Schön  Totems Ceramic
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Schön and Schön: From Generation to Generation
2018
Ceramic
44" x 20" x 18"

Ceramic Sculpture

Ellen Schön  Totems Stoneware
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Open-Mouth Totem
2011
Stoneware
19" x 5" x 4"

Ceramic Sculpture
Ellen Schön  Totems Smoke-fired Clay
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Embrace
2011
Smoke-fired Clay
20" x 6" x 4"

Ceramic Sculpture