Sydney born ceramic artist Stephanie Phillips has exhibited in Sydney & Paris.
In 2018 she was selected to exhibit in the Little Things Art Prize & at The Adelaide Perry Gallery in the exhibition Ceramics (Now) alongside Linda Draper, Steve Harrison and other notable ceramic alumni.
In 2019 Stephanie was invited to exhibit her work at 1,000 Vases exhibition in Paris as part Design Week, where French fashion designer Simon Porte-Jacquemus purchased all her pieces for his new restaurant Oursin. Also in 2019, Stephanie was filmed working in her studio for a video installation by Esem Projects which was projected onto a 3 story wall in Marrickville as part of The Edge Art Festival. Her work was selected for exhibit at the 2019, The Other Art Fair.
“I began working with clay in 2007 and was immediately drawn to the tactility of the material and to the organic practice of hand building. The remarkable ways that clay can be engineered to almost defy gravity still astounds me and I constantly push those boundaries in my work. Clay can be deceptive and disobliging, it doesn’t always do what you want it to and it often takes the lead. Countless hours spent forming and hand finishing a piece of work can often result in failure. The door of the kiln could open and your perfect vessel may have rejected the glaze, warped or even exploded into hundreds of fragments. Amazingly, something new can often be born out of that failure. The same can be said of glaze.The science of chemistry mixed with pure luck can soon turn an accidental ingredient into the star of the show. Some of my favourite and most successful pieces are those happy accidents. Knowing when to edit and when to elaborate is part of my process. My works are inspired by Italian and French ceramic artists ranging from mid-century to the 80’s, and also by Surrealist sculptors and forms in architecture and nature. I like to create playful, harmonious, shapes and to add texture and luminescence through handmade glaze and clay blends. Working with clay remains an engaging and rewarding journey of discovery and delight”.