Ali Tomlin

 I have always drawn and designed and love the energy of random lines or marks, from a sketch, painting or found on stones or peeling paint. I enjoy how just a simple line can completely change the feeling of a piece.

My work is a collection of thrown, uncluttered porcelain forms. I throw and turn the pieces to a fine finish which, when unglazed and sanded, gives the clay a paper-like, tactile quality, where I can apply my marks as spontaneously as possible. I wait for the pieces to be dry, as I prefer to work with the chalky surface, before using stains, oxides and slips, splashing or sponging away areas and inlaying lines, aiming to create pleasingly imperfect and unpredictable marks.

All my work is both to look at and to use, it can go in the dishwasher and oven.

Recent Exhibitions:

Affordable Art Fair 2012-16 Ceramic Art London 2014, 2016, 2017 Handmade in Britain 2012-2016 London Potters, Morley Gallery, London 2011/2013: Highly commended Winner London Potters Morley exhibition 2015 best thrown piece.