Elnaz moved to Melbourne from Iran in 2013.
Her first introduction to pottery was during high school. She continued to practice on and off throughout the years, however, it wasn’t until finishing university that she began her career as a ceramicist.
Elnaz studied Industrial Design in Tehran. After graduating from university, she became her ceramic teacher’s assistant and began her professional career as a ceramist. She was mentored by one of Iran’s leading ceramicists and sculptors Maryam Salour. This mentorship brought ideas of European history, minimalism, modernism and truth of form.
In 2013 Elnaz set up her own studio in Ripponlea and established her small business ‘Elnaz Ceramics’ which provides handmade quality ceramic wares in Melbourne. Her tablewares are nature-inspired, high quality, unique artworks: the goal being to bring modern art into everyday life.
Elnaz’s artwork is recognisable by its vivid use of colour and contrast, which came from a rebellion against Iran’s traditional use of “blue”.
She creates both sculpture and functional ceramics using clay/ceramics and other materials such as wood and metal. Elnaz’s modern designs represent both emotions and motion; her ideas expressed in irregular, and often asymmetric, vessel shapes, as well as through combinations of different glazes and colours.
Elnaz has displayed her ceramics in both Melbourne and Iran in exhibitions such as the Iranian Ceramic Biennial, Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition and the Association of Sculptors Victoria Annual & Awards Exhibition, Melbourne. In 2016 Elnaz won the Art Almanac Prize at the 2016 Association of Sculptors Victoria Annual and Awards Exhibition for her sculpture The Eye.