Guest Maker: Alison West - ceramics - Sat 06 Jul 2019 -Wed 21 Aug 2019

Craft shop, open daily 10am-5.30pm

A special Guest Maker slot this summer in our craft shop, from ceramicist Alison West. She will be selling her 'Saggar' fired ceramics and a range of sealed earth porcelain tableware.

Alison fires 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 pots.

Table ware is sealed with liquid quartz - a non-toxic and food-safe water based sealer that transforms unglazed ware into waterproof, highly stain resistant, dishwasher proof, functional tableware.

Alison says of her work:
''I am drawn towards the challenges of the wheel, the physicality of throwing and the capricious qualities of porcelain and Cornish clay, materials I find demanding and absorbing.  I am inspired by work decorated by flame and fire that reflects the process of making and firing.  The combination of the elements permeate the clay and create unique, unrepeatable surfaces.  There is no glaze on the pot and they are sealed and polished. The vessels are decorative although can contain water.''
 
This unique selection of Alison's work is for sale and available to buy in our craft shop.

Call 01626 832223 for more details and prices.

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images (above): Alison West Saggar pots

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF


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images (above): Alison West, Sealed Earth ceramic cups and (below) Saggar-fired vessel


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