“Piecing together fragments from a range of eclectic influences, I create mischievous vessels which explore personal and Welsh identity and the role of skill in today’s society. I manipulate clay as a metaphor for the continually shifting natures of these identities. Combining elements from Victorian era ‘Gaudy Welsh’,American Abstract Expressionism and British country pottery traditions, I rip, fracture and reconfigure wheel-thrown forms. These ‘Grandma Punk’ pots combine kitsch patterns from historical Welsh ceramics with forms that reject pretence and refinement. They embrace irregularity and uncertainty, joy and humour; values I view as central to our identity.”
Originally from North Wales, Elin currently continues to live and work in her hometown of Dolgellau, Gwynedd. In 2019 she was shortlisted for theYoung Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics prize and was one of ten artists selected for MOMA Machynlleth’s ‘Young Welsh Artists’ show- case in 2020. Since graduating from the BA (Hons) Ceramics at Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2019, Elin has shown work in multiple exhibitions around the United Kingdom, including most recently at ‘The Gallery’, a Crafts Council curated showcase at Liberty London.