As the finale of this year’s Rocket Science program, master ceramicist Phil Elson was invited to give a demonstration of his skills. It was a perfect opportunity to use the workshop room at the Arts Hub.
Phil is a renowned ceramic artist, with works on display in the collections of major institutions, including Bendigo Gallery. He began with a presentation of his work and influences, and then sat down at the wheel…
Seated, ready to throw, Phil discusses centering oneself in readiness
After centering the clay, the form is begun
Fascination as the bowl takes shape before our eyes
Phil works more or less exclusively in porcelain, a particularly difficult material to throw in. He makes it look so easy!
Meticulously shaping the basic form
Phil then removed the bowl he’d just thrown, and produced one made earlier and allowed to dry ‘leather’ hard. This was put ‘on the chuck’ and turned to shave the footring and refine the final form
Phil spoke of the elegance of shape and the philosophy of the potter’s art
Ros and Prue in wonderment at the conclusion of the session