Saggarfired Porcelain Vessel by Alison West
Stamped with artist mark on base
About the Artist
'My curiosity in ceramics was aroused whilst living in a traditional pottery area in Japan and encouraged me to explore the medium at greater depth. My pots reflect the experience of living in Japan - I do not consciously aim to create Japanese style pots, but there is an influence of traditional form. I am inspired by work decorated by flame and fire that reflects the process of making and firing. I fire in a saggar (a container) packed with organic combustible material in which pots are buried. The sagger is sealed and placed in a gas kiln and fired slowly. The natural materials collected from Dartmoor and the Devon coast turn from solid to gas and transfer colour, pattern and texture to the pot. The combination of the elements permeate the clay and create unique, unrepeatable surfaces.'
Alison West first discovered ceramics while living in Japan before returning to the UK and training with established potter Bruce Chivers. She now lives and works from her home in Dartmoor. Her work has been exhibited widely across the UK since 2013.
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