Claire Ellis is a Canadian-born emerging ceramic artist and designer based in Naarm. While working as a chef at the internationally acclaimed restaurant in Naarm, Attica, Claire made 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, broken ceramics and rock by-products. Her current art practice explores avenues for environmentalism, activism and catharsis in ceramics.
After leaving Attica to focus on ceramics in April 2021 Claire has completed several artist residencies and solo exhibitions. Claire’s work was exhibited in Paris and Milan, it won the innovation award at the Warrandyte Pottery Expo and it was a finalist in the Remagine and Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prizes. Claire’s writing has been published in The Journal of Australian Ceramics and she has spoken at several events including The Australian Ceramics Triennale in 2022.