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Elizabeth Elliott

History
Elizabeth Elliott was born Edinburgh, Scotland, 1952 and studied ceramics at the “Fringe” Workshop and Gallery in Hong Kong, 1990-1995.
She also studied ceramics at the Campus of Arts and Sciences in Athens, 1996-1998 and worked in Maro Kerasiotti’s studio in Pefki, Athens, 1998-2001

Her work is sold in the “Fringe” Gallery, Hong Kong and in several galleries on moving to Greece: “Rarity” Mykonos; “Ploumisti” Skopelos; “Ho Ha” Athens.

Her work is exhibited and sold annually at the Pan-Hellenic Ceramic Exhibition in Maroussi, Athens. She was winner of the Special Merit Award 2000.

The Elliotts moved to the UK in 2001. Now Elizabeth is exhibiting and selling her work at galleries throughout the country. Relocated to the Scottish Borders in 2005.  The Elliotts have a house in the Old Village, Alonissos for 25 years
 
Range of work
Animal sculpture, bowls, pots and vases of various sizes.

Design description
Some of my pots are functional but this is not the primary consideration when making them. Some have sculptural additions such as birds or animal heads. My animal forms are pared down to simple, abstract lines but still contain the character and spirit of the animal.

Techniques
All pieces are hand formed by the traditional method of coiling or with slabs. This allows the work to evolve slowly and gives it a meditative quality unlike any other method of making.

Clay used is heavily grogged stoneware for strength and texture. Glazes are usually simple oxides for the sculptural pieces to accentuate rather than mask the form; or the clay is left unglazed so there is no distraction from the design.

Pots are glazed with my own formulae as the individual piece dictates.

Influences
Tribal, Neolithic, Greek, Near and Far East.

Ancient forms which can be interpreted and reinvented in such a way as to produce something fresh and contemporary. However the link remains with the past both in the making process and the subject matter.

In primitive societies vessels were either functional or ritualistic. Animals were worshipped and painted on cave walls. This quality imbues the pieces with character and mystery and I hope to capture something of this in my own work.