Meet The Maker – Alex Shimwell

Alex Shimwell - ceramicist

Alex Shimwell - ceramicist

In his work Alex explores the relationships between the processes that make the piece and the effects they create, as well as the relationship between the pot and the user.

Throwing

Throwing

He makes solely wheel thrown, high fired, porcelain and stoneware objects with a functional purpose.

Throwing

Throwing

His aesthetic ideas are grounded in the traditions of British studio pottery, which takes its inspiration of aesthetic idiom from Japanese culture.

Glazed bowl

Glazed bowl

In Alex’s pieces he attempts to attain a balance between his aesthetic purpose; to display and manipulate the properties of each stage of the creative process into a balanced confident piece, and his personal belief that the beauty of a pot is as much in its visual presence as it is in how it functions.

Glazed pots

Glazed pots

The communication between person and pot though initially always visual; the tactile responses stimulated by its use are where a truer understanding and appreciation of the form and personality of the pot are found.

Alex Shimwell

Alex Shimwell pot

 

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