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Larry Jelf
  • 97, Male
  • Ingram, Texas
  • United States
  • Pottery (then) brazed crosses,…
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Nov 2, 2012. 8 Replies


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Profile Information

Your Medium
Pottery (then) brazed crosses, wooden crosses, now combining both.. jewelry, photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
In a library show window, Trenton, Michigan
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting wonderful, interesting people and trading work. Learning new ideas.
Best show ever and why
Ann Arbor Street Fair in the beginning. We were all together, trying to make ourselves known.
Also, the first year of our art Festival at St. Thomas Epsicopal Church in Trenton, Michigan. We cleared a thousand dollars the very first year, and brought art to a working class neighborhood. It was a very satisfying effort.
Worst show ever and why
None, all brought friends.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
After nine years in the Ann Arbor Street Fair,
auspices of an invo through Mike Church and demonstrating every year, in my last year I had sent in my application , been accepted, notified that I would again demonstrate, and some nit came along with a clipboard and asked me what right I had to be there and demonstrating. I don't remember my last year date, which is not right at hand at the moment.
This is all being included in my autobiography.
My mother, as sculptress, Eileen Anderson a modernist painter, and myself a potter, combined efforts in two booths and made them a gallery.
I found little art activity in the Downriver area when looking for art fair info in 1952. Therefore, I founded the Downriver Arts and Crafts Guild and annual show and I believe it is still going today, having a site on the web.
I never answered the question posted here. No, I'm not a politician! A friend in bible class found the site and ported it to me. Been going at it ever since. I learn a lot, reminisce a lot, talk a lot and in all, thoroughly enjoy the site.

Larry Jelf's Blog


Posted on November 2, 2012 at 10:59am 9 Comments

That ad for Romney is offensive to me, especially on my page.

Creativeness over mass production.

Posted on January 23, 2010 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

Because I was not trying to make a living at my pottery I could spend time experimenting with many interesting techniques. To me, the wheel was just another tool. I liked to cut, twist, beat, * apply or any other method to alter the appearance of the thrown piece. Some very fine teachers were greatly responsible for my learning. I then tried to push even further. I composed my own bodies at first but when I opened my own gallery decided that I either had to make clay or pottery and chose the… Continue

Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 6:56pm on December 3, 2009, Pauline Ross said…
I like your work. Just finished reviewing photos.
At 11:52am on January 19, 2010, Jan Raven said…
Larry, thank you for the kind comments about my work. If you ever want to purchase something, you can do so either from my shop on etsy ( or directly from my website ( I try to keep the listings up to date, and change the items every few months. I always have a complete selection in my booth, of course! I'm not doing any shows near Texas this year. The closest I will be is The War Eagle Fair (NW Arkansas) in October. Thanks for looking!!
At 12:23pm on January 29, 2010, Swati Hirekar said…
wow.....i love ur work....esspeacially Dbl vase.....n creature......
i love pottery neva tried......wud love to......:)
can u help me....n suggest hw n wher i shud learn this art?
i m an artist cm fashion designer.....totally passionate abt all sorts of art.....
jus joined this site yestrday.....n loving it.....hope to mek new intersting frnds.....
At 8:20pm on February 7, 2010, Swati Hirekar said…
hey...thanks a lot...larry....
ur advise proved to b of big help...........
looking forward to see more of ur interestinhg work......
At 10:34pm on September 14, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Larry Jelf a gift
Larry, thanks for referring John R. Popp to Art Fair Indsiders. We appreciate all your help. Connie
At 6:23pm on September 17, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Thanks so much for the gift, Larry! My first ghost...

Welcome back to the US and to AFI -- we look forward to your mature wisdom.
At 9:24pm on October 24, 2012, Jacquelyn Zajac said…

Thanks Larry, good to have new pottery friends, Jackie

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