Elly Glossop

Bursary Winner 2020

‘Blurring the boundaries between these perceptions of the psyche, Elly’s work explores the ethereal qualities of clay, through which a universe materialises based on formations found throughout the natural world. By simulating and recreating these textural elements imprinted on her subconscious, they manifest into otherworldly forms and artefacts. Bodies of work are constructed around a particular theme or concept which relate to or are often inspired by geological formations or phenomena. These forms are often a visual exploration of time and the temporal nature of existence. Using the fluidity of porcelain slip in a range of states Elly is able to explore the relationships between surface and substance, what is real – and what is imagined in a series of dream-like scapes of textures and compositions. Working intuitively with the serendipitous nature of the material, she reinvents traditional techniques of making, which form new languages within the material. Elly’s practice is currently based in studio which acts as a laboratory where she experiments and pushes her practice forward.’

Born in Edinburgh, and raised in Australia, Elly Glossop moved to Denmark where she completed a BA in Ceramics at the Royal Danish Design School on Bornholm in 2014. She graduated receiving the prestigious National Banks Jubilee Fund (travel grant) for her development during this period of study. In 2018 she began her MA studies at The Royal College of Art receiving several prestigious awards including the Charlotte Fraser Award, Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) as well as the RJ Washington Prize.