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Alison Tomlin Ceramics Bowl


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With a background in graphics, Ali has always drawn and designed and loves the energy of random lines or marks, from a sketch, painting or found on stones or peeling paint. She still draws and paints, alongside making pots, and enjoys how a simple line or mark can completely alter a piece and how the same shapes repeated, but with very different decoration, can form a cohesive family.

Her work is a collection of thrown, uncluttered porcelain forms. She throws and turns the pieces to a fine finish where she then applies her marks. Working with the chalky surface, she applies stains, oxides and slips, splashing and sponging away areas, adding inlaid and sgraffito lines, aiming to create imperfect and unpredictable marks. Most decorating is carried out on the wheel to convey a feeling of movement and spontaneity.

Colour is a key element of Ali’s work with a constantly evolving palette, which she puts down to a low boredom threshold! She uses bold, but muted colours on the white clay and leaves most of the surfaces un-glazed, which lends a paper-like, soft, tactile quality to the pieces.


The bowl is approximately 25cms diameter  and is thrown porcelain with a matt surface



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