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Elaine Olafson Henry

Elaine Olafson Henry is a ceramics artist, curator, writer, and local volunteer. She earned a BFA at the University of Wyoming in 1992, an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995, and an MA in English from the University of Wyoming in 2020. Henry taught at Emporia State University in Kansas from 1996 through 2007, where she served as the Chair of the Department of Art from 2000 through 2007. 

She served as the President of the International Ceramics Magazine Editors Association (ICMEA) from 2014 to 2016 and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) from 2002 to 2004. She is currently an Honorary Member and a Fellow of NCECA, a Lifetime Member of ICMEA, and now serves on the Council of the International Academy of Ceramics. 

Henry is the former Editor and Publisher of the international ceramics journals Ceramics: Art & Perception and Ceramics TECHNICAL

Henry has curated, juried, lectured, demonstrated, and taken part in residencies in more than 10 countries. Her work is internationally published, exhibited, and collected. 


“A work of art is a thesis. Every decision that the artist makes supports their thesis. In order to discover that thesis, it is the job of the critic to interpret the visual language used by the artist."
The scenes described in this warmly written, sensitive, and engaging memoir could have taken place in any small town during this era. But ceramicist Owen Rye brings his reality to life for us as he fondly and not-so-fondly describes the people, places, and experiences that have influenced his rich and illustrious (albeit humble) life.