Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
When I was a child I loved to draw, sew, knit and make things from plasticine. When I first worked with clay I knew this was going to be a life-long passion. It was always my dream to make a living from making things.
I studied a Degree in Ceramics in Cardiff and have been involved in ceramics in some way ever since.
I worked for five years in a small pottery factory before going on to teach various adult pottery classes and being a pottery technician .
Alongside all this I have always made my own work . Since 2008 I have been selling my own work full-time, designing and making a range of home accessories and gifts.
My inspiration comes from childhood memories, pattern in textiles, and visiting museums. I am very interested in traditional pottery and craft techniques and keeping these skills alive .
I work in a white earthenware clay and use underglaze colours and coloured slips and hand- made clay stamps to add decoration.
I want to make beautiful hand-made products that are affordable and a pleasure to have in your home.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Happy to be back in Bylocal, particularly in the new location next to TK Maxx. I took a break from the shop over the Summer, to spend time with my family, walk Offa’s Dyke and make plenty of new stock.
My current work includes textile brooches and delicate scarves. My designs are made from very good quality yarns, often ‘lace weight’ and a wide range of beads. The flower brooches are made using combinations of crochet, corkwork and Japanese cording and usually feature beaded centres and extensions. I take care with the workmanship and aim to produce high quality decorative pieces in a variety of styles. The scarves are very fine, crocheted and subtly beaded and are sold with a co-ordinating brooch. Can’t wait for the chilly weather as an excuse to snuggle up in them!
I have just started an evening course on textiles, at Stroud College. I am hoping to learn some new techniques to keep my stock fresh and interesting, for both my customers and myself. Making the textile items is a real pleasure for me. New designs are queuing up in my head; thoughts of warm Autumn colours and of a little Christmas ‘bling’ evolve.
Monday, 3 October 2011
I'm a recent graduate from a fine art degree at Spike Island in Bristol.
My style is eclectic with a touch of vintage and usually a smidgen of dark humour.
My work is mainly illustrative, but I like to illustrate an idea, so it always holds a story.
Having said this, in the last few years I have constructed a modern day freak show and a modern day
Punch and Judy show. I love mixing the past and present, it gives a real reflection as to how the world has changed.
I also take inspiration from parlour games, old wives tales and the proverbial wisdom of the superstition.
A lot can be learned from the stories we pass from generation to generation.
I have had many exhibitions over my time as a student, particularly around Stroud and Bristol but have recently started selling prints and cards and novelty gifts. I sell online at notonthehighstreet and Brighton Pod and at M.A.D.E (makers and designers emporium) in Cirencester and now the lovely Bylocal in my home town of Cheltenham!
I have a blog at http://alicorder.blogspot.com