bev ellis

bev ellis


Winner of the SSICA Ceramics Biennial Peoples Choice Award, and a large scale Ceramic Installation for Vancity, Bev enjoys creating highly textured surfaces with clay. Her favourite muse is nature, where often beauty is found in brokenness. Artistry and technique inform the intuitive processes of her multidisciplinary art practice. Bev has been published in Artist Journals and Books, had opportunities to exhibit her work throughout the Province, across Canada, and the US. Her artwork is in corporate and private collections around the world.

artist statement

For the last 26 years I’ve been carving a life out of clay. Along the way I created a ceramic jewellery line sold in boutiques across Canada, studied metalsmithing, printmaking and many forms of painting and drawing. The medium of ceramics has given me a way to merge many of my artistic techniques. Creating Challenges to solve in clay keeps me energized, while also giving me opportunities to grow in knowledge and skill. Being Awarded the commission for VanCity this past year gave me another opportunity to create a large ceramic installation. Previously I won the SSICA Peoples choice award for a large installation called “Together: Broken”.

Currently I sculpt tree inspired forms. These pieces are representational in appearance, and multilayered in meaning. Trees have hidden complex lives, and I find  commonality with them. When outside, I’m filled with a sense of awe and wonder.  Trees speak to me about vulnerability, community, beauty, brokenness, nurture, help and hope.