Elly graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2004. Since then, she has exhibited in numerous galleries and craft fairs. She produces work from her garden studio in Hertford.
Her work is hand built using slabs of clay with slips and textural marks and impressions applied during the making process. Glaze is also applied and sometimes rubbed back, then fired in an electric kiln. She often works in a variety of stoneware clays such as porcelain and black clay and is interested in how they communicate their unique qualities and characteristics to the work. This allows her to create groups and families of vessels, which build a narrative between themselves.
Form and texture are influenced by a continuing fascination with empty and forgotten old public buildings and structures, she finds the vastness of contained empty spaces eerie and compelling. The physical and historical layers within these spaces, expose and reveal details in their construction transforming them into fascinating empty vessels.