Claire Ellis MOTHEROCK - U Vessel


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  • An innovative and sculptural wine decanter made by Claire Ellis and designed in collaboration with award winning Sommelier, Dom Robinson. Each decanter is slip cast using ceramic sink trap waste and glazed in an experimental glaze developed using only Victorian rock industry by-products, restaurant and studio ‘waste’.

    Rocks are the defining commonality in both ceramics and wine. At its most special, wine is the pure expression of place, and for us that means expression of soils. The detail and nuance in great wine is thanks to its geology and the same could be said for ceramic glazes. 

    MOTHEROCK decanters are the culmination of Claire’s research and development using undervalued and discarded materials. MOTHEROCK glazes are the first of their kind, made using only local by-products sourced, crushed and milled by Claire.



    DIMENSIONS: 20w X 24h X 7CM d

    *Due to the nature of the materials each batch of glaze is one of a kind and will have variations in colour and texture which we hope will be embraced in the same way wine varies from vintage to vintage


  • Claire Ellis is a Canadian-born emerging ceramic artist and designer based in Naarm (Melbourne). While working as a chef at the internationally acclaimed restaurant in Naarm, Attica, Claire made tableware for the tasting menu and created a ceramics studio within the restaurant. Claire’s chef experience influences her work through a focus on raw materials and experimentation. Her research focuses on incorporating transformed local by-products into her work including glass, plastic, eggshells, ceramic sink sludge, broken ceramics and stone. Her current art practice explores avenues for environmentalism, activism and catharsis in ceramics.

    After leaving Attica to focus on ceramics in April 2021 Claire has completed several artist residencies and solo exhibitions. Her work was exhibited in Paris and Milan, and it has been featured in magazines, journals and books. Claire won the innovation award at the Warrandyte Pottery Expo and has been a finalist in the Little Things, Wyndham, Remagine and Northern Beaches Environmental Art and Design Prizes. She has been an invited guest speaker at several events including The Australian Ceramics Triennale in 2022.