Ellie Bryan draws many parallels between the instinctual nature of animals and the intuitive nature of women. She believes her porcelain vessels can harbor life (as vases), spirits (as urns), and give sustenance to their holder (through food and drink). She invokes the ancient and the traditional in her objects. Referencing pagan symbolism and ritual through utilitarian clay allows her to create objects people can readily welcome into daily life. Bryan is also a songwriter; she plays the banjo and sings in a style that draws inspiration from her mixed-race ancestry and tradition. She strives to portray an atmosphere of unity within our society.