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Elisa Bartels

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Artist Statement:

I am based in Sydney and my work is centred around pushing the boundaries of public perception on the capabilities of ceramics. Clay is a nuanced material that transcends the domestic environment and confidently straddles the perceived divide between art and design.

My career began by completing a Bachelor of Visual Art at Sydney College of the Arts majoring in ceramics and since then my practice has developed and strengthened.

I strive to inject my practice with subtlety and a whimsical strength which leads me to incorporate materials ranging from metal to plants. My work is stocked in retail stores, private residences and I have shown in group exhibitions.

My black fired pieces are the result of many years of working with clay, experimenting with innovative methods of decoration and refining processes to arrive at a body of ceramic work which is contemporary, evocative and sublime.