My work explores the creation of an illusion of depth and visual movement on the surface of porcelain artworks, through the intuitive, yet informed application of colour and glaze.
My work explores how colour and glaze can be manipulated and articulated to create the illusion of depth and spatial instability on fine sheets of porcelain paper clay.
My palette is inspired by the Lake District in Cumbria where I was born and raised, and incorporates subtle shades and saturated hues of blue-green and reddish brown terracotta. These colours are painted adjacent and on top of one another in carefully arranged compositions to create contrast, harmony and visual flux; an aesthetic experience reminiscent of this complex, beautiful landscape.
The printing method I have adopted allows me to work from within the image, building up fine layers of semi-transparent and opaque colour which when printed reveal subtle nuances and effects hidden from me during the making process. My work is all hand-painted, thus each piece is unique with a delicate ephemeral quality.
Exploring Colour, Texture and Clay - Alison Graham
25th January 2015 to 25th January 2015
1-4 New Bond Street, Bath and North East Somerset, BA1 1BE
Oriel Makers Gallery 37 Pen y lan Road, Roath, Cardiff
Walford Mill Crafts Wimbourne, Dorset
The Craft Centre and Design Gallery City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, Yorkshire
Mick Oxley Gallery Craster, Northumberland
Bircham Gallery 14 Market Place, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6BW
Market House Gallery & Fernlea Gallery Marazion, Cornwall/ St. Ives, Cornwall
Trois3 Namegawa Town, Saitama Prefecture, JAPAN
The Grey Door Gallery Castle Cary, BA7 7BJ
Yorkshire Sculpture Park West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG
Linda Lovatt Gallery 41 High Street, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland, TD8 6DQ
Hesta Scene Tithe Barn, Midtown, Caldbeck, Cumbria, CA7 8EA
Cordelia James Hawkhurst: No 6 The Colonnade, Rye Road, Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 4ES
The Forest Bailiff Durham Rd, Wimbledon, London SW20 0TW
Alison also has work available FOR SALE from her website
My work is made with Royale Porcelain from Valentine Clays Ltd, which is slaked into a slip and combined with paper pulp, and is coloured with terracotta and porcelain slips blended with blue-green stain. Alkaline frit solution and manganese dioxide are also used to enhance surface subtleties and nuances.
The work is fired to 1260ºC in an oxidation atmosphere. My work is predominately wall-based.
2012: PhD Ceramics, Cardiff, Metropolitan University, Howard Gardens Campus, Cardiff
2005: MA Ceramics (Distinction part 2), University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Howard Gardens Campus, Cardiff
2003: BA (Hon) Contemporary Applied Arts. 1:1, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Brampton Road, Carlisle, Cumbria
1999: BTEC Diploma: Art and Design, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Brampton Road, Carlisle, Cumbria
July-August 2013: Artist in Residence (Invited) @ DRAW international research centre, Caylus, France
Oct 2010: Workshop Leader, 'Exploring the Surface', at De Koploper workshop, Harlebeke, Belgium.
Sept 2008: Artist in Residence, ‘The XXXII International Ceramic Symposium "Porcelain Another Way"’, Walbrzych, Poland.
Oct 11 - current: Associate Lecturer: Postgraduate Certificate in Professional and Research Skills: Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff.
Sept 06 – current: Tutor in Ceramics, OCN Accredited course in Pottery Level 1, Level 2, special needs and mixed ability workshops, Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Cardiff and St Cyres School, Penarth.
March 2009 - 2013: Workshop leader: Research Poster Design, Cardiff Metroploitan University, Cardiff.
2014: 'Craft Showcase', Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, St. David's Road, Cwmbran, Torfaen, Wales
2014: 'Down to Earth' The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery, LS1 3AB
2014: 'The Contemporary Craft Festival', Bovey Tracey, Devon
2014: 'Making Painting', Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate, Kent (Gallery shop)
2014: 'Spring Showcase', Adore Contemporary Boutique, 31 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall
2014: 'British Craft Trade Fair', Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8QZ
2014: 'Newcomers Exhibition', Bircham Gallery, 14 Market Place, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6BW
2014: 'CRAFT' Handmade in Britain trade show alongside 'Home' and 'Top Drawer', Earl's Court, London
2013: 'Ceramic Showcase: Alison Graham', The Grey Door Gallery, Castle Cary, BA7 7BJ
2013: 'Made in Colour', The Byre Gallery, Millbrook, Cornwall
2013: 'The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Spinningfields, Deansgate, Manchester
2013: Scholarship Residency/Solo Exposition, DRAWinternational, CAYLUS, France
2013: 'Contemporary Maker' National Museum Cardiff (Amgueddfa Cymru), Cathays Park, Cardiff
2013: 'Contemporary Craft Festival', Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon.
2013: 'Cockington Ceramic Festival', Cockington, Torquay, Devon
2012: 'Inspire' Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne and Durlston Castle, Swanage, Dorset.
2012: 'MADE12 Brighton', Corn Exchange, Brighton
2012: 'MADE12 London', One Marylebone, next to Regents Park, London
2012: 'Wells Art Contemporary' exhibition, Wells and Mendip Museum, Wells, Somerset
2012: 'The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair', Spinningfields, Deansgate, Manchester
2012: 'Metamorphosis: Transformations of colour and light', Cow Lane Studios, Salford, Manchester
2012: ''ExLab: Digital Earth by Z. Eastwood-Bloom', (curated shop) Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset
2012: 'One Year On' at The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey, Devon (Selected)
2012: 'Upfront Cumbrian Artists Open' Upfront Gallery, Unthank, Penrith, Cumbria
2011: '25 years on, Members Exhibition' Oriel Makers Gallery, Cardiff
2011: ‘Between the lines’ Llanover Hall Arts Centre (Solo show), Cardiff
2010: ‘Metamorphosis’ Leeds College of Art & Design (Solo show), Leeds
2010: ‘Rufford NPA Selection’ Rufford Craft Centre
2009: ‘Playing with fire’, Oriel Makers Gallery, Cardiff
2009: ‘Porcelain Another Way’, Municipal Museum of Wroclaw, Poland
2009: ‘MA Ceramics: 25 years’, Howard Gardens Gallery, U.W.I.C. Cardiff
2008: ‘Beyond the Surface’, (Solo show) Oriel Makers Gallery, Cardiff
2008: ‘Porcelain Another Way’, Walbrzych Museum of Art and Design, Poland
2008: ‘Searching Beyond…’, WIRIAD exhibition, Howard Gardens Gallery, U.W.I.C. Cardiff
2008: ‘Earth and Fire’, Rufford Craft Centre, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire
2008: ‘Potfest in the Pens’, Penrith, Cumbria
2008: ‘Local Ladies’, Percy House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria
2008: ‘Designer Crafts 2008’ Mall Galleries, London
2007: ‘Potfest in the Pens’, Penrith, Cumbria
2007: ‘Potfest Scotland’, Perth, Scotland
2007: ‘Ceramic Futures’, Draw International, Caylus, France
2007: ‘The Continuous Thread’, Culross Gallery, Culross, Scotland
2007: ‘Designer Crafts 2007’, Mall Galleries, London
2006-07: ‘Alison Graham Ceramics’, Merienda Coffee Shop, Cockermouth, Cumbria
2006: ‘British Crafts’, Chiswick Town Hall, London
2006: ‘Potfest in the Pens’, Penrith, Cumbria
2006: ‘Potfest in the Peak’, Bakewell, Derbyshire
2006: ‘Designer Crafts @ Chelsea’, Chelsea Town Hall, London
2006: ‘Freshly Fired Biscuit’, Northern Potters Exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne
2006: ‘Designer Crafts 2006’, Society of Designer Craftsmen, Mall Galleries, London
2005: ‘Northern Fire’ Northern Potters Exhibition, OXO Tower, Southbank, London
2005: ‘MA exhibition’, U.W.I.C. Howard Gardens Campus, Cardiff
2006-09: AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Doctoral Award Scheme
2008: Wales Arts International Bursary to participate in ‘The XXXII International Ceramic Symposium, "Porcelain Another Way"’ symposium in Poland, Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff
2008: ‘Research Student Poster Competition’ (Second Prize), WIRIAD, U.W.I.C. Cardiff
2004-05: AHRB (Arts and Humanities Research Board) Professional Preparation Master's Scheme Award