Fleur Schell is an international renowned Ceramic Artist who resides in Perth, Western Australia. She has been a professional ceramic artist her entire adult life. Over the past two decades, through SODA International Ceramic Residency and The Clay House Centre, Fleur has nurtured the Ceramic Arts of Western Australia.
"I tell childhood stories through clay and mixed media that reflect a time of innocence, simplicity and purity. I was sent to boarding school as a child so themes of childhood naivety, wonder, love, freedom, and adventure and very nostalgic for me. I am grateful that my own memories of childhood have been reawakened through my children, as they share with me their perspective of a world less effected by irony, conflict or anxiety."
The themes Fleur references and the objects she creates are triggered by her immediate surroundings and an engagement in the lives of her two children Heidi and Harry. Their infectious joy and unwavering belief in magic continues to inspire her. Fleur was raised on a broad acre farm in the wheat belt of Western Australia. She relocated to Perth to attend boarding school to matriculate before commencing a decade of tertiary study with a keen focus on the Applied Arts. In 1993 she received a Diploma of Ceramic Art and Design at the Western Australian School Of Art and Design. In 1996, she graduated from Curtin University in Western Australia with a Degree in Visual Art and in 1997 she achieved First Class Honours in ceramics at the Hobart School of Art in Tasmania. In 2016/17 Fleur's work was featured at the Singapore Art Fairand is currently in an International Ceramics show in Portland, Oregon USA. She has presented in numerous Symposiums, conferences and Universitiesthroughout the world including The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in the USA, The Australian National University, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, The University of South Australia, The Sydney College of The Arts, The Alberta College of Art and Design - Canada, The University of Manitoba and The Emily Carr Institute - Vancouver. Her ceramics career has spanned nearly three decades and enabled her to live, work and present in China, Singapore, Indonesia, Finland, Scotland, England and Africa. Her work has been published in numerous books and is represented in private and public collections throughout the world. Fleur Schell's passion is to inspire and share a love of making with future generations of culture makers.
Mosman Park, Western Australia