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Elizabeth Davies Ceramics

Elizabeth Davies


I've always done two different kinds of work. Maybe the context of my childhood African home in Angola has shaped some of the distorted, and highly-textured pieces I've created in the past, and appear now again, in a more abstract form, in my more recent bark vases. Maybe my Dutch heritage, and Delft Blue's influence on Portuguese ceramics and azulejos led me to blue-on-white decorative work. During the years I lived in Brussels, my workshop instructors Alain Losa and Carol Youngner helped me find the path I was searching for. Chris Keenan, a British potter and former apprentice of Edmund de Waal, taught me in his workshops, to focus on line, elegance and detail. Since returning to Ottawa in 2016, I have been a member of Gladstone Clayworks, and of the Ottawa Guild of Potters. I am proud to be the current chair of the OGP Exhibitions Committee.

Artist Statement

My ceramics are inspired by natural forms, and serve as a canvas for abstract surface design. The patterns of my thrown and distorted bowls evoke the ever-shifting shorelines on the African beaches where I grew up. My tall hand-built vases are inspired by trees, their bark covered in creepers and dappled in sunlight. With all my pieces, I layer free-flowing streams of slips and glazes, adding depth and movement to capture the eye and make the viewer want to reach out, touch and hold.    
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