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Alison Britton

Alison Britton, 'Flotsam' (2017) image © Philip Sayer

'The first major showing of new work by Alison Britton in the UK since her outstanding retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum.'

Alison Britton’s forthcoming exhibition will show the distinguished ceramicist creating work with a new slant on her previous exhibitions. Table and wall pieces on a variety of scales will be included, as well as unexpected versions of her graspable handles. ‘Small’ appears more beautiful to her than before.

Recent table-based pots have a horizontal reach, giving them a wide and embracing presence. The interiors of this developing series are as important as the exterior and invite closer investigation. The artist compares her current approach, paying more attention to inner volume, to ‘seeing into a pond’. The theme of reflection is also echoed in her new wall pieces, where the viewer meets the work face to face, in these mirror- like oval/oblong forms.

She enjoys the painterly freedom that comes with the flatter relief surface, and has also been thinking about colours she hasn’t used for a while, such as blue. In this new presentation from one of Britain’s most influential ceramic artists Alison Britton is still aiming to push the boundaries of her practice into new ground. Her distinctive forms and expressive surfaces continue to innovate and surprise.

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