Wendy Ellertson was born in San Francisco, CA and grew up in the Bay Area, Chicago, and Cleveland. She holds degrees from Stanford University, Boston College, and studied at the Cleveland Art Institute. She has been an active member of the fine craft community for over forty-five years, dancing around and through many media categories always accompanied by her figures which incorporate leather, clay, wood and a deliciously eclectic array of contemporary and ancient materials, techniques and dreams. She exhibits her work across the U.S. via major craft shows, galleries, and museum shows. As a member of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, she enthusiastically supports border crossing work and storytelling in all its varied forms.
Her studio and home are in Roxbury, MA – where in 1967 she and her husband, Jon, both Westerners at heart, bought two c.1840 houses needing major work (sort of a 1 cent sale in the Boston neighborhood where houses were being abandoned) intending to stay just a few years. They raised four children and occasionally some chickens and rabbits. To their surprise, they now find themselves community elders with history, memory, stories, and spring tomato plants to share. (They are still rehabbing their houses in their “spare” time.) Wendy is a strong supporter of the local Art Rox community and leads workshops for adults and children in the community.