Ella Bendrups — 'Visible Vapor 5' 2022
The Visible Vapor Series consist of simple coil-constructed forms, each serving as a blank canvas for the unpredictable and expressive pattern achieved through barrel firing. This process supplements organic materials with chemical compounds to encourage rich warm tones to transfer on the works during the firing process alongside the typical grey and black tones from the smoke. The elemental nature of this process has an appeal that transcends times and continues to inspire fascination in modern audiences.
Ella Bendrups is a ceramic artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. Through her practice she explores ancient clay and stone artefacts and their ability to transcend the times and cultures in which they were created. Her works embrace the expressive nature of hand building, pinching, coiling, carving and hammering clay to highlight the maker's touch. Commissions and limited series are created in a small home studio with each piece resulting in an innate form refined for the modern context.
Bendrups has participated in exhibitions in Victoria and New South Wales. She has a background in styling and has completed a Bachelor of Communication Design, RMIT, 2010, and a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration at RMIT, 2013.
Material: Keanes White Raku, Barrel Fired with copper carbonate, red iron oxide, walnut shells, corn husks, banana peel, salt and organic combustibles, Renaissance Wax finish
Dimensions: Approx. 13.5cm x 8.5cm