Fleur Schell is an internationally 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 Art Centre, Fleur has nurtured the Ceramic Arts of Western Australia.
"I tell stories through porcelain and mixed media. My work explores themes of childhood innocence, simplicity and the imagined. I reference my own personal history having had the most extraordinary childhood growing up on a farm in the Wheat belt of Western Australia. On a daily basis wonder, freedom, and adventure were nurtured and embraced. I left the family farm for boarding school When I was 12 so my childhood seems so precious and nostalgic. Perhaps that's why I am so grateful that my own memories of childhood have been reawakened through my children, as they share with me their magical worlds. Since the arrival of our first child in 2005, my work has been inspired by a magical and imaginative reawakening in our home, informed by the conversations and experiences shared by our children."
"While referencing Pop Surrealism and Contemporary Folk Art, I aim to maintain authenticity through an engagement in my immediate surroundings. Art constantly imitates life and observing our children as they navigate childhood, while being enlightened by their everyday ponderings has inspired my art and helped us all grow as a family in a world in constant flux ."
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