In conversation with…Alice Walton

RotaGiorgino’s  In Conversation with... series continues with Alice Walton

Ceramic artist

Alice Walton in her studio (Picture by Sophie Alder)

Alice makes one off original ceramics, exploring complex and intense surface textures over sculptural forms which have been inspired by street furniture and architecture.

RG: What does inspire you the most? 

AW: I am inspired about the things I see around me. Specifically, everyday objects that we pass by around us: bollards, fences, bridges etc. I enjoy seeing how these objects change and vary day by day depending on weather, temperature and human impact. I normally travel, stop and look, arrive at the studio and then draw from memory. This break in time allows for abstraction to happen as I remember and forget certain things. I then make directly from my drawings. I believe that this takes my work away from literal street inspiration and transforms it into an imaginative collection of objects. Recently the repetitive nature of mark making and pattern making is influencing my work. I have been looking at mapping and routing as a source of inspiration for currently.

Coloured ceramic piece for interiors

Linn Ribbons, Coloured Porcelain, 59cm x 32cm x 31cm, 2019 (Picture by Mark Robson)

RG: How important is craftsmanship for your studio? 

AW: This is very important to my studio. A well-crafted object means to me that each step that has been taken to create something has been done to a high standard and that it has been thought through and considered and refined specifically at every stage. I think if a maker envisions their work in a high end location then the quality of their object is essential too.

Colourful ceramic art

Avon Ribbons, Coloured Porcelain, 30.5cm x 28cm x 28cm, 2020 (Picture by Alice Walton)

RG: What is the future of the design world and craftsmanship in general? 

AW: We are witnessing continuous government cuts to the arts of all sectors which is resulting in more universities and institutions closing down. I believe that the need and output for creative practises are not going to decline as people realise it is needed for everyday life workings. I think the result in this will be more independent teaching practise and a higher demand from a smaller creative pool.

Janta Grove, 39cm x 17cm x 64cm, 2019 (Picture by Sylvain Deleu)

RG: If you have to choose two materials to use for the next three years, which one would you pick? 

AW: Porcelain and stoneware. This is all I use.

Ceramic art interior design

Coral Wall Ribbons, 60×60 x9cm, porcelain, 2019 (Picture by Sylvain-Deleu)

ceramic art detail

Coral Wall Ribbons, 60×60 x9cm, porcelain, 2019 (Picture by Sylvain-Deleu)

If you would like to know more about Alice Walton, please see the links below:

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