My small mosaics are made from discarded and broken crockery, ceramics and ornaments - turning something once mundane or functional into a decorative piece with new meaning.
I've been working with a range of found objects for years - I also design and make jewellery using antique and vintage buttons - and have been hoarding broken china for decades! I can't walk past a flower bed or ploughed field without scanning it for broken sherds - perhaps a hangover from my previous life as an archaeologist. My mosaic pieces - jewellery and ornaments - feature tiny fragments of china from larger items, now broken or long-gone.
Ellie lives and works in a small village near Wallingford, surrounded by beautiful hills and wildlife. She's married with two sons at school and in a former life, was an archaeologist specialising in ceramics and Bronze Age Cyprus and Greece! She has worked as a university lecturer and more recently, has enjoyed communicating what she loves to other people in the form of workshops at Wood Festival, and wireworking and jewellery parties. Alongside mosaics, a relatively new pursuit, she also designs and makes jewellery under the name The Big Red Button, and trades in the Wallingford area. When she's not making, she teaches occasional study days for school parties at Dorchester Abbey, and volunteers locally.