Alison Brown is an established ceramics artist who has been working in the field for many years. Initially trained as an advanced potter at the, then, Perth Technical School she became proficient in throwing functional and large pots, glaze technology and chemistry, wood, oil and gas firing and how to set up a studio in which to continue a professional practice.
In 1987 she attended Curtin University to obtain a Bachelor of Visual Art. Alison has exhibited in both group and solo shows and has works in major collections. Her current work is predominantly fine porcelain clay with soft coastal inspired surfaces and palette.
“Living near the ocean part of my daily routine is to walk along the beach. Here a unique part of the environment exists that is never static. The tideline offers shells, fragments of marine life, sea sponges, seaweeds and detritus washed up from storms. These fragments become the basis for mark making on my ceramic forms. Depending on how they are used, my collection translates with little “critters”, patterns and textures that are endlessly variable. Each piece I make becomes an item of discovery for me, as well as a unique piece for those who own them.”
Alison works from her studio in Quindalup on the south coast of Western Australia and enjoys making teapots, jugs and cups because they require good form and functionality, helping maintain her skills, learned over many years of working as a potter, whilst giving pleasure to their owner.
Images courtesy of Alison Brown.