Ellen Schon is a ceramicist who focuses on metaphorical representations of functional ware. She uses the human body as model for her pieces, incorporating limbs, stomachs and heads as an added element. One particularly interesting part about Schon’s work is the evolution of her processes as her boundaries change. She sets up limits for herself in creating her pieces and watching them develop. Schon is interested in portraying human expression in the form of ceramic vessels, and engages in a reciprocal relationship with the clay itself. Many of these pieces are smoke-fired which gives them the smooth texture while maintaining intricate designs and patterns.