I have a true passion for the clay arts. The medium has given me the ability to change clay into many object pieces that I bring to life for someone to actually hold, feel, view, or use. My art continues to grow with every day
occurrences from seeing a glimmer of sunshine on a leaf, a full moon lighting an aspen tree grove at midnight, to having cold hands from shoveling snow and grabbing a cup of warm tea or soup to warm the soul.
Gregg Edelen was born in Sacramento, California, and traveled the world with his younger brother and career Air Force father and mother. Upon graduation from high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, Gregg attended North Texas State University in Denton, Texas.
A car accident brought Gregg to Great Falls, Montana where his parents retired and settled. Working different jobs over the next few years included U.S. Army, fast food, major paint company, Anaconda Mining Company (shovel operator), finance company manager, bank loan officer, to his current job of more than 30 years as a Special Deputy with the Butte Silver Bow Sheriff’s Department’s Sexual/Violent Offender Program. Gregg has been married to his wife, St. Connie, celebrating 40 years of marriage this past August, and we have two boys and one grandson.
Gregg was introduced to the ceramic arts by his son, Todd, who took a class at the Archie Bray Foundation. The ceramic “bug” only took a few months to get under Gregg’s skin during Todd’s short ten week class, and now after 20 years of taking classes at the Bray, clay has become a major influence in his life. Gregg is a super supporter of the Bray and volunteered in the early years, mowed the Bray grounds, helped build and fire kilns of all types, laid brick on the Shaner Center, a forever student attending Bray classes, and glaze refresher for student classes.
Gregg has come full circle from his humble beginning classes learning how to center clay, to instructing beginning and intermediate adult education pottery classes at Butte High School three nights a week. Classes run ten weeks twice a year with twelve to fifteen eager potters in each class. He is known to almost all residents artists and public Bray attendees as “sommelier,” serving beer and wine with a friendly smile to many hundreds of thirsty folk at most Bray opening and closing functions, including the 50th and 60th Bray Celebrations.
Gregg is represented in Helena, Montana by 1+1=1 Gallery. His work will be available for viewing during regular business hours at the gallery located at 434 N. Last Chance Gulch. Please call 406.431.9931 for more information about Gregg’s artwork.
After discovering ceramics back in the late 1990’s, I would define myself as a “continuing student in training” from resident artist and attending student classes at the Archie Bray Foundation located in Helena, Montana. Resident artists from all over the world have given me a true passion for the clay arts, and the ability to change that clay into the many object pieces that I bring to life for one to actually hold, feel, view, or use. This can range from what inspires me as I travel to and from Butte to Helena by day and late night on the interstate, or as an active fly fisherman rowing a boat down Montana’s many rivers, and even my wife’s quilt design and colors become an inspiration.
As a forever learning student of the ceramic arts for the last 20 years at the Bray, I have now come to my own style of ceramics, varying from rough reduction firings using stoneware clays, to softer oxidation kiln firings in electric kilns with porcelain clays. Vessels can range from soda fired tea bowl shaped cups that can be held gently with both hands, to comfortable handled mugs with whimsical artwork, to wall hanging art for your pleasure to view daily in your home. My artwork continues to grow with every day occurrences from seeing a glimmer of sunshine on a tree leaf, a full moon lighting an aspen tree grove at midnight on the way home, to having cold hands from shoveling snow and grabbing a cup of warm tea or soup to warm the soul.