Alison Swan


I am fascinated by objects with a patina of age and wear, the scarred surfaces and disintegrating forms of which give rise to imagined histories. This is reflected in my ceramic practice through an exploration of surface texture, muted tone and mark making. Fine art, English literature and popular song lyrics are other rich veins from which I draw inspiration.

My work is fashioned from thinly rolled or pinched porcelain and stoneware clays decorated with oxides, slips or glazes. The delicate forms also reflect a heightened awareness of the cycle of life, the passage of time and human mortality.  Pieces are often positioned or grouped to imply an underlying narrative.
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