Path and Inspiration With a background in graphics, Ali has always drawn and designed and loves the energy of random lines or marks, from a sketch, painting or found on stones or peeling paint. She still draws and paints, alongside making pots, and enjoys how a simple line or mark can completely alter a piece and how the same shapes repeated, but with very different decoration, can form a cohesive family.
Process and Practice My work is a collection of thrown, uncluttered porcelain forms. I turn the pieces to a fine finish where I then apply my marks. I work with the chalky surface, applying stains, oxides and slips, splashing and sponging away areas, adding inlaid and sgraffito lines, aiming to create imperfect and unpredictable marks. Most decorating is carried out on the wheel to convey a feeling of movement and spontaneity. I use a bold, but muted, palette on the white clay.