About Elise


2018-2020  MA Ceramics & Glass, Royal College of Art, London, UK


2012-2014   Certificate in Education, University of Plymouth, UK


2004-2007  BA (Hons) Ceramic Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK [First Class]


2003-2004  Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK


1994-1997   BSc (Hons) Statistical Science with Information Technology, University of Exeter, UK



Elise has exhibited work at a range of locations including:

Contemporary Ceramics, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, the Royal College of Art, Pulse at Earls Court, Handmade in Britain at Chelsea Old Town Hall, The Craft Centre & Design Gallery at Leeds Art Gallery, New Brewery Arts Cirencester, Saltram National Trust House, the Royal Birmingham Society of Arts and the Barbican, London.



Elise's work has featured in various publications including:

Country Living Magazine, Design Arts Magazine, a-n Magazine, London Potters Newsletter (cover), White Weddings Magazine and The Ceramic Design Course by Anthony Quinn*.


(* featured as Elise Austrin in some publications)





Associate Member of the Craft Potters Association.



Elise Ruffell is a ceramicist, artist and teacher based in London and Devon, UK.


She is currently taking a break from her successful teaching career to pursue an MA in Ceramics & Glass at the world-renowned Royal College of Art in London. 


Following a previous career as an IT consultant in the late 1990s, Elise fell in love with clay, graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in 2007 with a First Class honours degree in Ceramic Design.


Since then, Elise has taught art and ceramics at various levels including Foundation Degree, A-level, Extended Diploma and Access to HE. She also runs community ceramics and craft projects with schools and other groups.

As well as ceramics and art, Elise also has extensive experience of teaching GCSE and Functional Skills mathematics to students on vocational courses at college. Success with this unusual combination of teaching led to Elise being interviewed by Ofsted for a 'Best Practice' video in 2015.


Elise is a specialist in embedding maths in art teaching and has designed and delivers teacher training on this subject for the University of the Arts London Awarding Body. More information about the training can be found here.

Artist's statement:

Elise's ceramic work explores texture and colour. She employs the technique of monoprinting, layering slips, underglazes, glazes and lustres to produce highly decorative pieces.  By its nature, this technique results in one-off pieces and Elise often produces these in collections. 


At times, hinting at her statistical background, grids and dots feature, but these are often combined with more gestural markmaking. She enjoys this juxtaposition of aesthetics which reflects her love of both mathematics and art.


Elise also works on paper to produce one-off prints exploring similar themes to her ceramic collections.


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