Ella Porter

2020 QEST Scholar - Ceramics

Ella graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2014, after a foundation year at Camberwell College of Art, UAL. Over the last five years she has complemented her independent practice with part-time teaching and technician work, in studios and schools, and by attending three part-time courses to develop specific skills. 

Having developed significantly as a maker, teacher, and entrepreneur since graduating from art school, she returned to formal training in September 2019, when she began an MA in Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art. A QEST Scholarship will support Ella during the second year of her studies, when she will explore the relationship between two and three-dimensions in her work, through clay form and surface treatment; moulding and plaster lathe; slab building; and reductive methods such as piercing, carving, and sand blasting. Her plan is to use these traditional methods of production with copper-plate transfer techniques used in Stoke during the Industrial Revolution, to produce original and innovative work.

Informed by collections, memory, ceramic artefacts and the built environment, I am curious to explore the sentimental meaning we place on objects with consideration to the value systems we attach to materiality, form and scale. I give specific attention to surface, drawing upon the tactile qualities of clay to explore new ideas.