Q&A Ellul Ceramics


Lisa Ellul

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I create hand built ceramic vessel and forms. I’ve always had a love of nature and been fascinated by the beautiful natural structures and textures found in plants, bark and seed pods. It is this natural theme that inspires my ceramics.
My vessels are constructed from layers of finely rolled tubes or cones of clay. These are organised in a structured formation building the thickness of the vessel wall. Some vessels are multi-layered and hold a solid, weighted volume. Others are simple one-layer vessels resembling seed pods and cones. This method of construction creates an intricate texture and articulation of surface. Surfaces are almost bone like with fossilised leaf patterns or inlayed textures. Simple washes of oxides highlight texture and the occasional use of gold leaf adds a sense of luminosity and luxury.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Sculptural. Unique. Intriguing. Tactile. Textural.


Do you have any design heroes?

I love the work of so many makers, too many to name! A couple of my favourites are Japanese jeweller Mariko Sumioka and American ceramist Diana Fayt.

Where is your studio?

I work from my home studio situated in the beautiful Peak District. I find my garden and surroundings a constant source of inspiration.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Emails, tea, tidy, think, roll out some clay, begin making.


Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

This year I’m planning on making some larger scale pieces.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

This will be my first time exhibiting at SAT. Looking forward to it!

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I will be exhibiting a range of vessels and small wall pieces.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

Venue X with Sarah Thirwell and Wayne Hart.

Tell us something we don’t know

I once worked for a summer in Hong Kong writing trivia questions for a company that designed children’s educational computer games. I learnt a lot about dinosaurs!


Thank you Lisa!



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