Elly graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2004. Since then, she has exhibited in numerous galleries and craft fairs. She produces work from her garden studio in Hertford.
Elly’s work is hand-built using slabs of clay with coloured slips and fired in an electric kiln to 1250 degrees. Textural marks and impressions are applied during the making process. Repetitive mark making in the surface of the clay discloses a meditative aspect to the construction of her work, but also suggests the mechanical nature of repeated processes employed in industry, such as piercing, riveting, and stamping. Her work is informed by disused industrial buildings, and the sense of unease created by large volumes of empty space.
“The vastness of contained empty spaces absolutely terrify me but I also find them compelling. I try to explore this feeling within my work. The physical and historical layers within these derelict spaces expose and reveal details in their construction transforming them into fascinating and eerily beautiful empty vessels.”