ALISON WEST Alison West Ceramics

Pocelain Saggar Fired Vessels

My pots are saggar-fired hand-thrown porcelain. I produce saggar-fired unglazed forms. The saggar is a container in which pots are buried in organic and volatile materials and fired in a gas kiln. Throughout the firing, the combustible material burns off and surfaces are decorated by smoke, flame, oxides and plants collected from my local environment in Dartmoor, Devon.

The results are unpredictable and exciting - created by detailed preparation of the pot, the combustibles within the saggar and the firing process. I work in the knowledge that results will never be repeated. I enjoy the risk and varying emotional responses derived from the process. I find the controlled atmosphere that produces uncontrolled results reflects life itself and allows me to be adventurous.

I strive to convey an elemental sense of earth and fire, am inspired by clay transformed by flame and influenced by simple, feminine and elegant shapes with a tactile quality.

My pots also reflect the experience of living in a ceramics region in Japan, I do not consciously create Japanese style pots but there is an influence.

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SAGGAR AND RAKU FIRING WORKSHOPS / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2018-05-19T00:00:00Z">Sat 19</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2018-05-20T00:00:00Z">Sun 20 May 2018</span> <span>(2 days)</span>SAGGAR AND RAKU FIRING WORKSHOPS / Sat 19 to Sun 20 May 2018 (2 days)

This is an intensive firing course, where you will learn how to fire work (your own or provided by us) in saggar and raku firings over two days. The workshop takes place at Abi Higgins Ceramics’ beautiful studio in Chri...

Wonderworks Contemporary Craft Fair 2017 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-12-09T00:00:00Z">Sat 09</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2017-12-10T00:00:00Z">Sun 10 Dec 2017</span> <span>(2 days)</span>Wonderworks Contemporary Craft Fair 2017 / Sat 09 to Sun 10 Dec 2017 (2 days)

Wonderworks Contemporary Craft Fair in the beautiful Dartmoor town of Chagford gets bigger and better for Christmas 2017 Now in its 15th year, Devon’s acclaimed Wonderworks Contemporary Craft Fair will be showcasing the...

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CALL FOR MAKERS WONDERWORKS CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR 2016 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-04-30T00:00:00Z">Sat 30 Apr 2016</span>CALL FOR MAKERS WONDERWORKS CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR 2016 / Sat 30 Apr 2016

CALL FOR MAKERS WONDERWORKS CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR 10th and 11th December 2016 Applications are invited from craft makers to apply for a place at Wonderworks 2016. Now in its 14th year, Wonderworks has es...