Stephanie Phillips is a ceramic artist from Sydney, Australia. She draws strong influence in her artistic direction from both of her grandmothers. Her paternal grandmother was a Russian immigrant who was a talented artist and craftswoman, while her maternal grandmother was involved in the establishment of The Crommelin Native Arboretum at Pearl Beach, NSW, where Stephanie has spent many weekends and holidays since childhood.
At a young age, she developed an affinity with the Australian bush and the influence of the forms and colours of native flora are evident in her work. Drawing on her love of plants, she creates curved vessels to house a modern take on Ikebana using driftwood and bromeliads. Using a combination of clays, glazes and oxides she creates "totem poles" and textural wall hangings on which you will often find her signature banksia motifs.
Stephanie studied glass arts at Sydney College of the Arts, mosaics at Randwick Tafe and fabric design and printing at East Sydney Tech before finding her true calling in ceramics. She has studied at ceramics at Gymea Tafe and is currently studying at Hazelhurst Gallery in Sydney. Her resume includes visual merchandising, set dressing and styling.
Stephanie's influences include artists such as Stan Bitters, Leza McVey, Calder, Lisa Larson, Stig Lindberg as well as the surrealist parks, Las Pozas in Mexico and Paronella Park in Cairns.