Phil Elson_995

Phil Elson_995

Phil Elson_995

Phil Elson_995

Phil Elson

Phil Elson

After studying at Chisholm Institute of Technology, Victoria in the early 1980s, Phil received an Australia Council Crafts Board Grant to train with Vic Greenway at Broomhill Pottery at Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria. This was followed by further training experience with Richard Brooks at Boorlie Pottery, Sydney. It was during that time, says Phil, that he became strongly influenced by the traditional English and Japanese approaches to making pots. These influences continue to be evident in his work while the shapes and glazes fit perfectly into today’s domestic environment.

After working for a time in a number of Victorian potteries, Phil established Trentham Pottery in Central Victoria in 1989. In 2001 he relocated a little further north in Central Victoria to Castlemaine, where he has built a new studio and re-established his business as Phil Elson Pottery. Phil now works full time from his studio in regional Victoria.

“It is important to me that a pot feels good to use, pleasing to the lips when drinking, pleasing to hold and pleasing to look at on the shelf over a period of time.”

~ Phil Elson



2015. Castlemaine Art Gallery. ‘Earth Fire and Water’ exhibition displaying 14 piece installation (‘Remembering Venet at 44.5 degrees’) acquired in 2011 from the Permanent Collection.

2015. Stephen Mc Laughlan Gallery Melbourne ‘Useful Set’ Exhibition.



2014. moonee art space Gallery. Solo exhibition Melbourne.

2014 Skepsi@Malvern Exhibition.

2014 Bendigo Art Gallery exhibits porcelain installation ‘…and over there are the Cranes of Sagrada’ from the Permanent Collection.

2014 Hotham Contemporary Art. Artist Showcase Exhibition Melbourne.

2014 Studio Exhibition ‘Arts Open’ – Castlemaine – March



2013 ‘Expressions of Self’ exhibition – curated by Skepsi Gallery at Montsalvat – Melbourne – September

2013 Invited artist, Skepsi@ Malvern – curated by Skepsi Gallery – December



2012 ‘Observation to Inspire’ Exhibition – curated by Hotham Contemporary Art at SmartArtz Gallery – Melbourne – August

2012 Invited artist ‘Engaging Form’ exhibition Skepsi Gallery at Montsalvat Eltham – Melbourne – September



2011 Invited Exhibitor for exhibition Union Studio Gallery – Castlemaine – October

2011 Clunes Ceramic Award – Winner with 2 bowl piece ‘In the Shadow of Gehry’s Golden Fish’ – Acquired for the Permanent Collection

2011 Delicate Touch Exhibition at Narek Galleries NSW – 30 September – 14 November

2011 Installation commissioned by Crown Melbourne – June

2011 Jam Factory Centre for Contemporary Craft Adelaide – solo exhibition ‘From Barcelona to the Basque’ – June – July

2011 Castlemaine Gallery – solo exhibition ‘Along the Horizon Barcelona to the Basque’ – April – May

2011 Exhibition porcelain bowls Charlottsville USA (Warm Springs Gallery) to accompany Joseph Holsten exhibition
1 March-31 March



2010 ‘Passages’ exhibition Warm Springs Gallery at Charlottesville Virginia USA – February

2010 Art Melbourne represented by Salt Contemporary Art Gallery – April

2010 Invited Exhibitor – Clunes Ceramic Award September for installation ‘In the Brooding Colours of the Late Afternoon
Across the Basque’ receives High Commendation Award



2009         Selected exhibitor Manningham Gallery Ceramic Award   March – April

2009         Salt Contemporary Art Queenscliff –Group exhibition – June

2009         Object Gallery – Sydney – ‘Pourers’ Exhibition July

2009                  Studio Altenburg Group exhibition – ‘Jugs Galore’ – July

2009                  Legge Gallery – Sydney – July ‘Please Handle the Pots’

2009         Invited Exhibitor – Ceramics Victoria 40th Anniversary
Exhibition – Manningham Gallery – Melbourne

2009         Selected Exhibitor – Craft Victoria Open Studio Program – August

2009         Clayworks Australia Award for installation “Just Down from Placa de Catalunya’ – For Excellence in the Field of Ceramics

2009         Skepsi on Swanston – Melbourne – solo exhibition

2009         Helen Stephens Gallery – Sydney – group exhibition November – December

2009         Invitation to exhibit installation ‘Just Down from Placa de Catalunya at Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.

2009         Invitation to exhibit installation work at Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design, Jam Factory, Adelaide, Australia

Acquisition of installation ‘…and over there are the cranes of Sagrada…’ Bendigo Regional Art Gallery, Australia 2008
2008 ART Sydney represented by Salt Contemporary Art October
2008 Pan Gallery Group exhibition, Melbourne, June
2008 ART Brisbane 08, represented by Salt Contemporary Art April 2007
2007 Salt Contemporary Art group exhibition, December
2007 Awarded Australia Council Visual Arts Board residency to Barcelona Spain for 2008
2007 Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition, Selected exhibitor Sydney – November
2007 Art Sydney 07, represented by Salt Contemporary Art – Sydney – October
2007 Skepsi Gallery, May 1 – 19, Future Function Exhibition, Winner H R Hughan Award, Melbourne
2007 Art Melbourne 07, represented by Salt Contemporary Art, Melbourne, April
2007 Acquisition Castlemaine Art Gallery, winner Ann Geroe, Acquisitive Award
2007 Ann Geroe Acquisitive Ceramics Exhibition, Castlemaine, Victoria 2006 and previous
2006 Commission for Quay Restaurant – Sydney
2006 Melbourne Art Fair, April, Represented by Salt Contemporary Art
2006 Collect, Sydney, ‘The Beauty of Tea’, February
2005 Brisbane Art Fair represented by Salt Contemporary Art
2005 East and West Gallery (solo exhibition)- Melbourne – November
2005 Art Sydney 05 represented by Salt Contemporary Art August
2005 Warm Springs Gallery Virginia USA, porcelain exhibition August
2005 Castlemaine Gallery, group exhibition, August
2005 Invited exhibitor Skepsi on Swanston ‘Light Matters’, June/July
2005 Group exhibition ‘Studio@Flinders’, May
2005 Planet Furniture, Sydney, ‘On the Table’ exhibition, May
2005 Affordable Art Show, Melbourne, represented by Salt Contemporary Art, April
2005 NCECA International Artists Slide Forum, Baltimore, USA, March
2005 Castlemaine State Festival March / April
2004 Castlemaine Art Gallery (acquisition)
2004 Artbank, Commonwealth Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (acquisition)
2004 Jam Factory Adelaide ‘Purple Space’ Exhibition November solo exhibition
2004 Vogue Living Display. Represented by Object Gallery Sydney, November
2004 All Hand Made Gallery, solo exhibition, Sydney–October
2004 Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney, July
2004 ‘Encore’ Imperial Porcelain Skepsi Gallery Melbourne, May
2004 Affordable Art Fair Melbourne. Represented by Skepsi Gallery, April
2004 ‘ARTSingapore’ Suntec Building Singapore (East and West Art), April
2004 Galerie Hors Saison Kew Melbourne, solo exhibition February 6, February 26
2004 ‘Celebrate the Masters’ Exhibition – Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne February 3–March 23
2003 45 Downstairs 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne 16–21 December
2003 Beaver Galleries Canberra, 21 November–24 December
2003 Imperial Porcelain Exhibition Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne, 5–29 November
2003 Second Wave Exhibition FTY Gallery, Melbourne, May–July
2003 La Trobe University Ceramics Award Exhibition, Castlemaine Festival March – April
2001 Invited Exhibitor, ‘Is the Dinner Party Dead’, Ceramic Art Association of Western Australia
2000 Exhibition at ‘Domestic Pots’, Sydney, N.S.W. May 26-August 12
2000 Invited exhibitor, Australian Craft and Design Showcase, Glen Eira City Gallery, 13 – 23 April 2000.
2000 Selected exhibitor, Sidney Myer Fund International Award (Shepparton Art Gallery), 2 – 31 May
2000 Invited exhibitor, ‘Rice Bowls’ Jam Factory, Adelaide, Dec 99 / Jan 2000

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April 1 – December 31, 2021
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Eigth Annual Bath County
Plein Air Festival

September 27 – October 3, 2021

For seven days artists will paint picturesque scenes throughout Bath County. Visitors and locals will have the unique opportunity to observe artists as they paint on location.