Claire Ellis

Claire Ellis is a Canadian-born emerging ceramic artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). While working as a chef at one of the world’s best restaurants 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, sink sludge 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 is part of Melbourne Design Week 2022.


Claire’s work has been selected for group exhibitions in Milan and Paris later this year and it won the innovation award at the Warrandyte Pottery Expo 2022. Claire’s writing has been published in The Journal of Australian Ceramics and she presented at the 2022 Slow Clay Tent Talks.



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