Fleur Schell

Artist Statement & CV

"I love the quiet place in my head that working with clay sweeps me away to..."
Using porcelain I enjoy making sentimental objects that are rich in detail, playful and familiar. I am drawn to objects that provide us with individual recognisability, especially those essential objects that are instrumental to our daily rituals - like the teapot.

The common thread throughout my work is a connection to my own personal history. I began exploring Narrative in clay in 2005 after my first child Heidi was born. The teapots I make have become a canvas to tell Heidi's story, and at the same time convey a tacit message of an imaginary world in which we can all recognize ourselves. Like a page from a children's book, the gesture between a little girl and a bird frolicking atop a teapot transports me back to those precious beginnings as a little girl when my days were unencumbered and filled with play.


The Excellent Adventures of Heidi Series, Red Sea Gallery, Singapore
CAAWA Selected Exhibition, Central Institute of Technology, Central Gallery Perth, WA

Ceramics Victoria 40th Anniversary Selected Exhibition, Manningham Gallery Melbourne
Beyond the Nullarbor (Selected), Gallery Adagio, Sydney, NSW
Kerrie Lowe Gallery Sydney,
NSW Ceramic Invitational Show, Marks and Gardener, North Tambourine, QLD
GIFT Invitational, SODA Gallery, Fremantle, Western Australia
CAAWA Selected Exhibition, Fremantle Contemporary Art Gallery, Perth, WA

Salute, Curated by Janet Mansfield, An Invitational Exhibition 100 Australian Potters in 40 years, Fusions Gallery, QLD
Heidi’s Manhattan, Remedy Footpath Gallery, Perth, WA
Ignition Ceramics Award, Sunshine Coast, QLD
The State of The West Ceramic Survey Show, Perth TAFE Gallery, WA
Australian Ceramic Stories - National Ceramic Show, Dubbo Regional Gallery, NSW
GIFT Invitational, SODA Gallery, Fremantle, WA
Masters Exhibition Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, NSW
Shoe Box Ceramics, Gorepani Collective Exhibition, Albany

The Excellent Adventures of Heidi and Kilbey, SODA Corridor Gallery, WA
CAAWA Selected Exhibition, Gallows Gallery, Perth, WA
Aspects, Kings Park, Sasha Wardell Book Launch and Exhibition
Flinders Teapot Exhibition, Flinders,VIC
CAAWA Selected Exhibition, Gallows Gallery, Perth
Joondalup Selected Art Award, WA
Wanneroo Selected Art Award, WA

Walkers Porcelain Invitational, Skepsi On Swanston, Melbourne

Western Reflections, WA’s Leading Ceramic Artists, Skepsi on Swanston
National Ceramic Conference Delegates Invitational, Bendigo Pottery, Victoria
Walkers Porcelain Invitational, Skepsi On Swanston
Ceramics, The Australian and New Zealand Context, Campbelltown City
Bicentennial Art Gallery, Campbelltown, NSW
Future Functions Invitational, Manly Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Infundibular, Stride Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Works In Sound, The School of Music, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
Preserved Sound, CraftWest Centre for Contemporary Craft, WA
National Ceramics Conference Invitational, Bendigo Pottery,Victoria

Professional Development

Director of SODA PTY LTD, The Premier Ceramics Workshop Centre and International Ceramics Residency Program in Western Australia

Visited Gaya Fusions, International Ceramic Residency, Bali, Indonesia

Presenter, Clay Fever Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Artist in Residence, Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China
Presenter, National Ceramics Triennial,National Art School, Sydney, NSW

Invited to exhibit at the National Ceramic Exhibition, Australian Ceramic
Stories, Dubbo Regional Gallery, NSW

Invited Master at Gulgong Clay Edge, NSW
Founding Director, SODA Studios and International Ceramics Residency, WA
Presenter at The National Ceramics Conference of Australia, Brisbane, QLD
Artist in Residence, Scotch College
Artist in Residence, Methodist Ladies College

The establishment of SODA, Sculptural Objects and Design Australia, Studio/Workshop Facility and Residency Space, Fremantle, WA

$20,000 Australia Council Grant for New Works in Porcelain and Sound
Designing Futures Product Development Program

Presenter, Ignition, National Ceramics Conference, Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Victoria
Artist in Residence, RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria
Lecturer, Education Department, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA
Presenter, Ignition - National Ceramics Conference, Bendigo Victoria.

Lecturer, Western Australian School of Art & Design (WASAD), Perth, WA
Instructor/International Artist in Residence, Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD), Calgary, Canada
Presenter, The Aesthetics of Skill Conference, Red Deer College, Alberta Canada
Visiting Artist, The Banff Center, Alberta, Canada
Visiting Artist/Presenter, Red Deer College, Alberta, Canada
Visiting Artist/Presenter, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Guest Presenter, Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver British Columbia Canada.

Presenter, 1000 Miles Apart, National Students Conference, ACAD, Canada
Lecturer, WASAD, Perth, WA
Lecturer/Adjunct Researcher, School of Art, Curtin University, W.A
Detail, product range, Craft West Centre for Contemporary Craft, WA

Artist in Residence, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
Lecturer, Diploma Program, Ceramics Workshop, School of Art,
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

Awards / Grants

2010 Highly Commended, Ceramics Arts Association of WA Selective Exhibition
2009 Highly Commended, Ceramics Arts Association of WA Selective Exhibition ArtsWA, Art flight Grant
2007 Bronze Medal Winner in the National Print Awards for Best Catalogue, The National Print Awards, Sydney
2006 Winner of The Ceramics Arts Association of WA Selective Exhibition. Winner of Flinders Teapot Award, Victoria
2005 $20,000 Australia Council Grant
2005 Artist Foundation of WA, Gunnery Residency, NSW
2003 Winner of York Art Award (Ceramics Section)
2001 Tactile Award, in association with The Royal Blind Society & Object Gallery, NSW WA, Art Flight Grant to Canada
2000 ArtsWA - New Works Development Grant
2000 Australian Finalist, Talente, Germany Arts WA, Art Flight Grant to Canberra Pat Corrigan Craft Grant
1999 Australian Finalist, Talente, Germany, 2000
1998 Australian Finalist, International Faenza Ceramics Award, Italy. Invited to Represent the University of Tasmania, National Postgrad Show


Per Adua, MLC Magazine Australia, Issue 25 Spring 09
Journal, ‘The Narrative’, Art Education Ass. of WA, Dec 2009

Ceramic Art and Perception, ‘The Western Front’ Issue 70, 2007 pp. 69-74

‘The Excellent Adventures of Heidi and Kilbey’ Catalogue
500 Jugs, Ceramic Explorations of Utility & Grace, Lark, 2006
Ian Dowling, A Ruminent Line, Ceramics Art and Perception. Iss.63, pp.71-73

Porcelain and Bone China, Sasha Wardell, Crowood Press, 2004
500 Cups, Ceramic Explorations of Utility & Grace, Lark, 2004
The West Australian Habitat, The Power and the Passiona, June 27, 2003 pg 12
Ceramic Art and Perception, Volume 55, 2003

Pottery in Australia, Volume 42 No.1, pp 36-39 and pp 46-50, Autumn

Calgary Review, March 2002

The Art Show Program featured on National Television 23/08/01
Monument, Architecture and Design, No. 41, p22, April/May 2001

2000 Pottery in Australia, Volume 39 No.4, pp 22-25, December 2000

1999 Ceramic Technical International No.7, p 88, 1998


Scotch College, Western Australia
Victorian Ceramic Group, Melbourne
The Royal Blind Society, New South Wales
Red Deer College, Alberta, Canada
Alberta College of Art and Design, Alberta, Canada
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
University of Tasmania, Hobart


1997 Post Graduate First Class Honours in Visual Arts (Ceramics) The University of Tasmania. Hobart, Tasmania
1994-1996 Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts (Ceramics and Mixed Media) Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia
1990-1993 Diploma of Art and Design (Ceramics), Western Australia School of Art and Design