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The Great Sallie Posniak

November 10, 2023

By: Josslyn Baron

I teach ceramics bi-weekly at a retirement community called Three Crowns Park in Evanston. Here, I met some really great people. One special individual is Sallie Posniak. Sallie is a dedicated individual who comes to every one of my classes. I see her every two weeks, on Saturday mornings, and she always brings the most inspiring energy.

One morning, Sallie and I were creating some pieces together, and we got to talking. I learned fantastic things about her and felt compelled to share her story. So, here goes.

Sallie Posniak was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. She is one of eight children, four boys, and four girls. Coming from a big family, things were never dull for Sallie!

I asked her at what age did you know you wanted to pursue art? Her response was, “My older siblings told me I was born with a paintbrush in my hand. I have always loved art.” With this, she pursued an artistic career and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

I can see her early art influence manifested in her beautiful work. It’s always full of life and creativity; Sallie is never afraid to make a complicated piece.

One of the things that amazed me the most about Sallie was her influential role at Marshall Fields. She was the Manager of Central Design at Marshall Fields. She designed the Great Tree's ornaments, the Cozy Cloud Cottage, and the central aisle for all events, including Christmas, Easter, personal appearances, the ambiance for new store openings, and all parties. She hired and trained new personnel, attended many meetings, ambiance for fashion shows, etc. Sallie worked at Marshall Fields for 38 years.

You can purchase this book on Amazon! Here is the link to purchase Great Trees (2022) by Sallie Posniak and Homer Sharp:

Overall, Sallie is an extraordinary woman with great ideas; working with her is an honor. She has made my time at Three Crowns Park a phenomenal experience. I’m so grateful to know her and experience the creation of her artwork.

Sallie and some of her hand-built sculptures.

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