Pottery exhibit expresses generational joy of creativity

The Baltimore Sun

A local pottery artisan who has worked in the medium for nearly six decades is contributing her works, and her love of the art, to benefit programs for students at Anne Arundel Community College.

Ebby Malmgren, award-winning local potter, is donating more than 200 pottery pieces from her personal collection to the AACC Holiday Ceramics Club Sale — which benefits educational activities for the Anne Arundel Community College ceramics studio.

The sale, doubling as an exhibit of some of her works, includes pieces she has created, and others that Malmgren has gathered in her career.

“My mother began making pottery nearly 60 years ago,” said Rick Malmgren, a visual arts professor at the college and also a pottery artisan. “She made many of the pieces in the collection during her career working in clay, but quite a few of the pieces were made by friends.”

Ebby Malmgren is a prolific artist, engaged in writing, poetry, printing and bookbinding as well as in pottery.

Her works have been featured in numerous exhibits, including the Chaney Gallery of the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. She also has led discussions at the St. John’s College Mitchell Gallery and taught book making at the Academy Art Museum in Annapolis.

According to her profile on the website authormark.com, she’s an Iowa native who has exhibited items with the Maryland Federation of Art since 1972, and is a founding member of the Annapolis Potters’ Guild and the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The ceramics sale at the community college will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 219 on the campus at 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Admission is free.

In addition to the “Malmgren Collection,” artwork donated by other AACC faculty and students will be included in the sale.

— Staff reports

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