Ilene Phelan

Ilene Phelan


Originally a graphic designer, I am driven by the need for creative expression.  The journey of experimenting with clay and glass as mediums is extraordinary, especially when new ideas work.  Thank you for your interest in my handcrafted pottery and fused glass pieces.



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"When I was a kid, a book I read advised young artist to be themselves. That decided it for me. I was a corny kind of guy, so I went in for corn."
- Walt Disney

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The Artist


My passion for clay has evolved into an ethereal balance between the limitations I place upon each piece I create and the beauty that is crafted as a result of those boundaries. Each piece becomes a unique creation. Handcrafted pottery teaches me patience. It challenges me to think about who I am and where I want to go. It offers me an avenue to explore with my hands what is in my heart. This artistic journey allows me the freedom of expression through the passion and pleasure that comes from creating something beautiful out of mud!  Please visit my gallery of handcrafted pottery and enjoy.


Ilene Phelan 



Handcrafted Pottery
Awards of Excellence


March 2006
Arts on the Park
Members Show
for “The Basin”

 March 2007
Ridge Art Association
Strength of Form Show
for "Tortoise Shell"


September 2007
Arts on the Park
Members II Show
for "Firewood"


February 2008
Arts on the Park
Members Show 1
for "Earth"


March 2009
Arts on the Park
Fine Arts Show


March 2011
Central Park Fine Art Show
Award of Excellence


March 2011
Photography, Jewelry, Pottery Show
Second Place


March 2012
Central Park Art Festival
Award of Excellence


March 2013
Central Park Art Festival
Judge's Award
2nd Place


April 2013
Ridge Art Miniature Show
Sculpture & Pottery
Judge's Choice


October 2013
Winter Park Fall Art Show
Award of Honor 


November 2013
Disney Festival of the Masters
Award of Distinction


April 2014
Ridge Art Reflections Show
Award of Excellence


May 2014
Ridge Art Aviation Show
Best in Show


May 2015
Art Center Sarasota
I'll Be the Judge Show
Best in Show