2021 Winner

Entries for the debut Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize closed November last year and Shelley was very grateful for the many entries and inspired by the calibre, spirit and creativity of all the applicants.

The recipient of the $10,000 prize will be announced in the first week of February 2022. Listed below are the 3 SSCP winners from 2021, representing a rich and diverse new generation of ceramicists in Australia.

First Place

Isobel Carver, RMIT University.

Time Goes By uses clay as a material vessel to convey the notion of time. It is representative of time through how long it took to make the forms, the use of time to control thickness in slip casting, and the slow, controlled time of the clay particles compressing as the forms dried.” — Isobel Carver.

Isobel received $10,000 to support her final year of study, along with the offer of 3-month paid internship at Mud Australia.

View more of Isobel Carver’s work here.

1st Place - Isobel Carver

Second Place

Sydelle Mullen, University of South Australia.

“These vessels all embody the female entities of the Mother, Maiden and the Crone which are personifications of the moon phases and together have been named the triple goddess. The clay used is unfiltered terracotta fired at 1150 to give the forms a deep red colour that is synonymous to the red earth of Australia, the clay brand is Bennetts which is sourced locally in SA.”— Sydelle Mullen.

Sydelle received $2,000 and the offer of 3-month paid internship at Mud Australia.

View more of Sydelle Mullen’s work here.

2nd Place - Sydelle

Third Place

Holly Phillipson, Adelaide College of Arts.

 Australia.

“My Smokestack Tea Set emerged from an obsession with cone-shaped objects and shino glazes, as well as a new-found appreciation of human connection post-lockdown.” — Holly Phillipson.

View more of Holly Phillipson’s work here.

3rd Place - Holly Phillipson

People’s Choice

Riti Malik, Hornsby TAFE.

“To me, Ether (Akasha/Space) represents a powerful idea of blending two extremes. Tactile and sensory, the permanent and the ephemeral, strength and fragility.” — Riti Malik.

Riti will received a $500 gift voucher for Mud Porcelain.

View more of Riti Malik’s work here.

Riti Malik - People's Choice

Entries for the debut Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize closed November last year and Shelley was very grateful for the many entries and inspired by the calibre, spirit and creativity of all the applicants.

Click here to view the SSCP 2022 Criteria and Application Dates.