WATCHING MY VIDEO IS LIKE A VISIT TO MY STUDIO…
Alison Sandeman, Judge, Craft&Design Awards in Ceramics 2015
My work is about the simplicity of design and shape, bringing these in relationship to the surface. I am inspired by the elemental colour and shape of ancient Korean pottery. What I love about ceramic is that it starts off as a soft lump and can become pretty much anything you want it to be. After the firing, it is hard and durable and can survive centuries. But at the same time, it’s fragile and can be broken into pieces in a moment. I aim to create timeless vessels for the contemporary interior.
Each piece is individually made from porcelain on the potter’s wheel. Naïve, spontaneous pencil strokes drawing graphic simple patterns that create movement and direction. Every line is drawn by hand which makes the work preserve the moment of making. The imperfection of the patterns make it lively, rough and immediate and unique, still holding an order or direction to bind them together. The Narrative of my work is coming from little snippets of observation in my environment. Lines are jumping out on me in almost anything – stripes on cloth, wires, cables, plants and grasses, architecture and streets just to name a few.
After growing up in my mother’s pottery I trained professionally at college in Austria and Germany for 6 years. I set up business in Cambridge in 2011 and have been given the silver award 2013 by Craft and Design magazine in the ceramic category. In 2014 I was chosen to participate in the Crafts Councils Hot House program. Since then I have become a selected member of the Craft Potters Association.
ART GROUP MEMBERSHIPS
Anglian Potters – Selected Member
Open Studios Cambridge
Craft&Design Magazine – Selected Maker
Selected member on studiopottery.co.uk
Homify – online
The Window – online
Crafts Council Directory
Society of Designer Craftsmen – MSDC
Craft Potters Association – Selected Member
AWARDS & COMPETITIONS
Shortlisted Westerwald Nassauer Sparkasse Foerderpreis 2016
Craft&Design selected Award – Silver 2015
Selected for Hot House Midlands – Craft Council 2013/14
Craft&Design selected Award – Silver 2013
Rising Star Program, Ashgate Gallery Farnham 2013