Ebony Russell

ArtistEbony RussellResidesAustralia
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Artereal Gallery
Rozelle, NSW, Australia
ThemesImbued object
Gender Aesthetics
History of Ceramics
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About the artist

Ebony Russell is an artist living and working in Sydney, Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Honours) at Monash University in 2003 and in 2019 graduated from The National Art School Sydney with a Master of Fine Art and now a sessional lecturer in the Ceramics Department. Russell has won many awards including the Franz International Rising Star Award in 2018. 

As a child she was obsessed with ornaments and anything frilly and pink. Cake decorating was a particular passion of hers and she longed for the most decorative cake on my birthday each year. She wants to investigate how these objects and decorative processes have the capacity to evoke memories and engender a return to childhood reverie in adult life. Ebony is interested in exploring decorative practices traditionally performed by women as the main construction method for her practice.

Artwork Themes & Subject Matter

Ebony Russell uses an unorthodox approach to construct ceramic sculptures. Inspired by traditional craft practices and cake decorating Ebony methodically pipes porcelain in series of intricate layers to build gravity-defying forms. Challenging the traditional making processes of decorative vessels; in her works the decoration becomes the structure, and the boundaries between the two are erased.

Using piping – a technique usually reserved for the cake decorating craft of royal icing – Ebony creates vessels, candelabras, grottos and sculptures the decorative detail is the foundation of the form and is an ode to excess, made entirely of ornamentation. She embraces the underlying feminine-coded attributes of porcelain sculpture, decorative arts and use decoration as a medium. The labour-intensive process connects to women’s craft practice and honours the passing down of matrilineal craft within my family while rebuffing the historical discrimination of decoration. Ornamentation and decoration are celebrated creating the foundation, architecture and entirety of the artwork.


Ebony Russell’s sculptures have been published in notable magazines and online sources including Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Vault Magazine, ArtEdit, Artist Profile.



2019 Masters of Fine Arts, National Art School,  NSW, Australia

2006 Graduate Diploma in Education, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2003 Bachelor of Applied Arts (Ceramics) (Honours) Monash University, Victoira, Australia

Solo Exhibitions

2022 De•Corum, Artreal Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Sad Birthday, Artereal Gallery, Sydney, Australia

#OTT, Artereal Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 Think Pinker, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. United States


It’s Not Just Blue, Craft, Melbourne, Australia

Thinking Through Pink, Wollongong Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

Sabotaje Esteitico , Yusto Giner Gallery, Marbella, Spain

Interconnected, curated by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, New England Regional Museum, Armidale, NSW, Australia

The Vase and Flower Show, Curated by Sassy Park, 7 Clovelly Rd, Sydney

Masters Show, Clay Gulgong, The Holtermann Museum, Gulgong, NSW, Australia

Melbourne Design Fair, Represented by Modern Times (Online)


Clay Dynasty, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

SPRING1883, Artsy.net, Represented by Artereal Gallery (Online)

Ceramica Maxima, The JamFactory, Adelaide, Australia


IRL > URL, Artereal Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Inside, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Talismans, rafts Mementos, Modern Times, Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia

Midnight Garden, Curated by Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA. United States

The Vase and Flower Show, Curated by Sassy Park, 7 Clovelly Rd, Sydney, Australia

Transcendence, Modern Times, Brunswick, Melbourne. In collaboration with

The Melbourne Design Festival and The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia

The Backbone of Things, Curated by Glenn Barkley, Te Auaha Gallery, Wellington,

New Zealand.

The Raw and the Cooked, Delmar Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Craft Victoria Members Showcase, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Mars Gallery’s Wearable Art Soiree, Mars Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, National Art School, Sydney, Australia

Artereal Pop Up Gallery, Sydney Fringe Festival , Paddington, NSW, Australia

The Curiosities, Mailbox Art Space, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

An Idea Needing to Be Made: Contemporary Ceramics, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, VIC. Australia

Enucleo: Subversive Clay, The Barn, Rosney Park, TAS, Australia

Pushing Boundaries, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre, Muswellbrook, NSW. Australia

Nevertheless She Persisted, Artereal Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia


Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, Museum of History NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Little Things Art Prize, St Cloche Gallery, Paddington, NSW, Australia

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