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Eggshell

In Any Way Shape or Form

A hundred plates In Any Way Shape or Form exploring form, food waste and creative practice made during a twelve-week artist residency in Melbourne, Australia.

The title of the project is a playful reference to the freedom of using a wide variety of hand building and wheel-throwing techniques to create the work. In contrast with the process, Ellis chose to work within material and size constraints to keep the form in focus.

A key material and symbol in the work is the egg. Each plate is glazed with a recipe Ellis developed during the residency using eggshells as a raw material in place of the mined material called whiting. A healthy hen lays on average one egg a day, the same making schedule was adopted for the plates. The project is an exercise in productive creativity and the egg represents new life and creation. Eggshells are also food waste, a concern in Ellis’ work and an issue intertwined with the use of plates. Twenty-five dollars from the sale of each plate was donated to Ozharvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation fighting food waste and working towards food security and sustainability. The donation from each plate allowed Ozharvest to deliver fifty meals resulting in a total of five thousand meals from this project.

Additional information

The clay is wheel-thrown and/or hand built and dried. The eggshells are dried, fired to 1000 Celsius, ground in a pestle and mortar and passed through a fine sieve before mixing with the remaining glaze materials. The eggshell glaze is brushed on the raw plates before firing to 1270 Celsius.

Ingredient list

Clay, eggshell, nepheline syenite, kaolin, talc, cmc gum

Photo credits

Kevin Li, Becca Crawford