Alex creates objects with a harmonious connection between surface and form. His pieces are formally inspired by simple ceramic profiles and the highly textured surface is a response to his fascination for touch.
The tactile qualities of his artefacts are inspired by textures that surround us such as; tree bark, natural rocks, cracking paint and even marine life. The thrown vessel is used as a canvas to investigate the properties of these surfaces. Metal oxides add depth whilst the gold, platinum and copper lustre adds a sense of opulence.
No two pieces are ever the same; this is intentional, as he feesl each piece has its own story to tell. He wants the viewer to interact with the work through touch and perhaps see if they can feel the pots journey. Each item is fired several times due to the different temperatures in which he fires; this gives him the opportunity to re-fire vessels to add more oxide or lustre.
It is the range of textural qualities that can be obtained from different clays and materials taken from the ground that really excites him as a ceramicist. The various approaches to creating these unique surfaces, through a range of techniques is of constant interest.
2014 Hothouse 4, Craft Council, London
October 2010, Adult Evening Workshops
June 2009, Kiln firing crew member at The Barn Pottery for Nic Collins
2014, Silver Award, Craft & Design Selected Makers Award
2010, Student Award, Art in Clay, Hatfield House
2007-10, BA (Hons) Ceramics – Cardiff School of Art and Design, First Class Honours.
2006-7, Foundation Degree in Art and Design – Plymouth College of Art and Design, Distinction
Full member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and an associate member of the Craft Potters Association (CPA).