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 modern Ikebana. Using a combination of clays, glazes and oxides she creates her own colours and textures.
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 at Hazelhurst in Sydney.