Elissa was born in Hemel Hempstead in 1967 and was brought up by two artists. Her mother, Alice Palser, after training in painting and sculpture started to work sculpturally in ceramics. Since her mother's studio was in their garden, Elissa used clay every day as a child and learnt lots of hand-building techniques at her mother's knee. She says that having watched her parents struggle financially as artists she was determined to work in the voluntary sector and study academically in London. Throughout this time, however, she continued to do her own art.
Elissa moved to Suffolk in 1999 and started working alongside her mother in her Suffolk Studio, learning more about glazing and firing techniques. Alongside her ceramics she knits, makes complex patchwork quilts and works in mosaic.
Elissa's birds are each made individually by hand, starting with the basic shape in a press mould, then adding the wings, beak and tail individually. They are bisque fired and then glazed with a white stoneware glaze, hand decorated with additional oxides and colours and fired to stoneware.
The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on email@example.com or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £21 - £24.