Claire Ellis is a Canadian-born ceramic artist. While working as a chef at one of the world’s best restaurants, Attica, Claire began making tableware for the tasting menu and created a ceramics studio within the restaurant.
Claire’s chef experience influences her work through a focus on raw materials and experimentation. Her research focuses on incorporating transformed waste materials into her work including glass, plastic, eggshells, ceramic sink trap waste and broken ceramics.
Claire left Attica to focus on ceramics full time in April 2021 and since then she has completed two artist residencies and developed two solo exhibitions, the first was part of Craft Victoria’s Craft Contemporary Festival 2021 and the second was part of Melbourne Design Week 2022. Claire’s work has been selected for group exhibitions in Paris and Milan and it won the innovation award at the Warrandyte Pottery Expo 2022. Claire’s writing has been published in The Journal of Australian Ceramics, she presented at the 2022 Slow Clay Tent Talks and she will be speaking on the Material Magic panel at The Australian Ceramics Triennale 2022.
Claire joins us as a teacher of our Beginner’s Wheel Classes using the Slow Clay(tm) method.