Cone11 Ceramics Presents: Phil Elson Porcelain Masterclass
Cone11 Ceramics and the Mercator Ceramics School presents the Phil Elson 2018 Porcelain Masterclass. This is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the specialist practice and process of one of Australia’s most pre-eminent potters who throws almost exclusively in porcelain.
Phil will be delivering a talk about his practice, influences on his work and his unique methodology. This will be followed by amorning tea (included in the ticket price), then throwing demonstrations where Phil will explain his techniques with a step by step analysis of his process. This is your opportunity to ask all those porcelain questions you've always wanted answered.
Phil Elson's practice over the last 32 years has been powerfully informed by the ceramic culture of South East Asia, Japan, China and Korea. He has been in full time professional practice for the last 22 years and over that time has been strongly focused on the development of form and in particular, the pure form of the bowl.
His recent work utilizes high fired translucent glazed and unglazed porcelain and is directly influenced by an Australia Council residency in Barcelona that facilitated direct contact with the traditional ceramics of the Basque regions in northern Spain. The love of materials, the love of place and the love of life he saw and felt in those exquisite places continues to inform his daily practice.
He is particularly notable for his multi-piece sculptural installations that have become vehicles for the development of highly personal glazes and surfaces that have become hallmarks of his artwork. These often stand in dynamic contrast to extremely finely thrown monochromatic and exceptionally translucent, unglazed porcelain vessels.
All of his work is hand thrown from Australian translucent porcelain and is made and fired in his studio at Castlemaine in Central Victoria.
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