Ellie Doney explores materials and transformation through experimental making processes, sculpture and intervention. Her work explores her imagination of the changing inner world of matter. Whether precious, ephemeral, industrial or domestic, the stuff she works with is often gleaned from her surroundings, often specific to a particular place. She sets out to look for the extraordinary in the fabric of the everyday; a search for traces of the numinous in the material of the earth.

Her current research focuses on edible materials, and how cooking and eating together as a way of embodied thinking might help people across disciplines explore our relationship with other matter. Join the research group mailing list.

Ellie is currently a doctoral student at the Slade School of Fine Art and the Institute of Making, UCL where she has been workshop manager for the last five years. She is one of the co-founders of multidisciplinary materials studio Manifold. 

Institute of Making
Slade School of Fine Art

Studio Manifold


‘This artist is like a time-traveller, offering us her visions of a toxic future carved from the detritus of modern living’.
Jessica Lack, art writer


2017 - present: Practice-led MPhil/PhD, Slade School of Fine Art/Institute of Making
2008 - 10: Royal College of Art (MA) Ceramics & Glass
1998 - 01: University of Brighton (BA Hons.) Materials (Wood, Metal, Ceramics Plastics)
1997- 98: Middlesex University (Foundation) Art & Design


2016/17: Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, London
2014: Petrie Museum of Eqyptian Archaeology, UCL, London
2013: Siobhan Davies Studios - 60I40 Starting Point residency, London
2013: Guldagergård International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark
2012: National Trust: Erno Goldfinger’s home 2 Willow Road / William Morris’ Red House, London
2012: Greenbelt Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse
2010: Headspace, Nara City, Japan
2010: HMG Paint, Manchester
2004: Florence Trust Studios
2002: Eastbourne College


2018: Feast Journal: Sugar
2017: Food and Transformation, practice-led PhD project UCL
2012: Temper - collaboration with Dr. Hannah Drayson, University of Plymouth
2010: Liquid Quiddity - The Undercurrents of Matter: MA RCA dissertation: 

Group exhibitions

The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, with Phytology
- Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, AMP Gallery, Peckham London
- Dangerous Diaries: Exploring Risks and Rewards in Fabrication, Octagon Gallery UCL
- Organolepts, Cravings exhibition, Science Mueum Late event, London
Pots and Possibilities, Petrie Museum of Eqyptian Archaeology, UCL, with Studio Manifold
- Under the Influence - Siobhan Davies Studio, with Studio Manifold
- Unfold - Siobhan Davies Studios, with Studio Manifold
- Excavations - Guldagergård International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark

- This is How To Live, 2 Willow Road and The Red House - Former homes designed and lived in by Erno Goldfinger and William Morris, with Studio Manifold
- Nothing Ever Happens, OSR Projects, East Coker, Somerset.

- Stick Up - collaboration with Phil Rawle at AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, with Studio Manifold, commissioned by the British Ceramics Biennial,
Elemental(ism) - silver cloud gallery, London
- The King and The Minotaur, Babel Studios, St Pancras
- London Art Fair Projects with Florence Trust

- Assembly, BEARSPACE, London
- [dAnger!] - Wormwood Gallery, Osaka, Japan
- Calling Upon Spirits - Testbed 1, Battersea, London
- New Designers 2010, London - Shortlisted for new designer of the year award
- SHOW ONE MA graduate exhibition – The Henry Moore Gallery, RCA, London

- Einfall: Beyond Spontaneity, at The Freud Museum, London
- Off the Wall 2, The Gallery Room, London Civil Rights & Arts Centre, London

- When Things Come Together, Nowhere North, Barnet, London
- Friendly Fire, Artworks inspired by bad news, at Nancy Victor Gallery, Charlotte St. London

- Solo exhibition, Camden People’s Theatre, London
- Halfway House, an artist-led exhibition, 32 artists in a former bail hostel, Clapham, London
- Pestival, London Wetlands Centre

- Solo exhibition alongside Terror 2005, Union Theatre, London
- Florence Trust, studio residency show, London
- Area 10 Easter show, large-scale sculpture installation, Peckham, London


2012: Crafts Council Handling Collection
2010: Freud Museum
2003: Concrete and felt sculptures to commemorate the opening of the Hayward Gallery’s new foyer, and Dan Graham’s Waterloo Sunset Pavillion


2017: PhD Studentship BEKO PLC
2011: Artists Access to Art Colleges Award, Plymouth School of Art.
2010: RJ Washington bursary award
2009: Eduardo Paolozzi travel award
2009: House of Fraser scholarship award