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Ali Tomlin

Ali Tomlin

Hometown: Farnham

Based in: Surrey, UK

With a background in graphics, 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 still draw and paint, alongside making pots, and I enjoy 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.
My work is a collection of thrown, uncluttered porcelain forms. I throw and 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, giving the hard porcelain the appearance of softness and my work is often described as calm. I leave most of the surfaces unglazed, which lends a paper-like, tactile quality to the pieces.

I work from my studio in my garden just outside Farnham, Surrey.


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Flat platter. Yellow & grey splash.

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What inspires you?

I’ve always drawn and designed, as far back as I can remember. I love the energy of random lines or marks, from a sketch, painting or found on stones or peeling paint. A simple line or splash can completely change the feeling of a piece

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Describe your creative process.

I sketch and paint alongside making pots. I'm looking for that elusive, magical mark to apply. I throw. collection of pieces and wait a while until I have shelves full, ready to start to apply colours and marks to.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Contemporary, graphic, refined

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Paule Vezelay, Miro, Caulder

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

My wheel

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Be yourself, everyone else is taken!

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Where do you go for inspiration?

Anywhere, even tv shows can sometimes provide a sudden inspiration.

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