Innovative functional ceramics focused on alternative materials, experimentation and changing perceptions of waste
Claire Ellis is a Canadian-born emerging ceramic artist and designer based in Naarm (Melbourne). While working as a chef at the internationally acclaimed restaurant in Naarm, 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.
After leaving Attica to focus on ceramics in April 2021 Claire completed two artist residencies and two solo exhibitions part of Melbourne Design Week and Craft Contemporary. In 2022 Claire’s work was exhibited in Paris and Milan Design Week, it won the innovation award at the Warrandyte Pottery Expo and it was a finalist in the Remagine Art and Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prizes.
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