Phil Elson

My practice over the last 28 years has been powerfully informed by the ceramic culture of South East Asia, Japan, China and Korea. I have been in full time professional practice for the last 15 years and over that time I have been strongly focused on the development of form and in particular, the form of the bowl.

Recently I was awarded a 3 month residency at the Australia Council studio in Barcelona where I could find, hold and feel the traditional ceramics of the Basque regions in northern Spain. It was during my residency in Barcelona that I was also able to visit the work of Picasso, Miro, Duchamp, Picabia. I was able to walk in the streets as they existed in Roman times. I stood, overwhelmed, in the stunningly beautiful buildings of the Modernist designs of Montaner (Palau de la Musica Catalana), Cadafalch (Casa Amatller) and Gaudi (Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia).

I loved how these buildings reached into the air; into the sky about them. They exuded a love of materials, a love of place, a love of life. Something of that time, something of those places now resides in me.

My recent work utilizes high fired translucent glazed and unglazed porcelain. This is my response to the love of materials, the love of place, the love of life I saw and felt in those exquisite places.

My artwork has become more sculptural through the development of my multi piece installations. I continue to develop new colours to stand alongside my monochromatic high fired unglazed porcelain installation work. All of the work is made from Southern Ice translucent porcelain and is made and fired in my studio in Castlemaine in Central Victoria, Australia.

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