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Alex lives and works from his studio in Derbyshire. Alex graduated with a BA (hons) from Staffordshire University in Ceramic Design in 2007 and has trained with Numagouchi San Japanese Jomon ware potter in Japan and with Kevin Millward a traditional production potter.
"In my work I explore 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.
I make solely wheel thrown, high fired, porcelain and stoneware objects, with a functional purpose
My aesthetic ideas are grounded in the traditions of British studio pottery which takes its inspiration of aesthetic idiom from Japanese culture.
In my pieces I attempt to attain a balance between my aesthetic purpose: to display and manipulate the properties of each stage of the creative process into a balanced confident piece. And my personal belief that the beauty of a pot is as much in its visual presence as it is in how it functions.
To me 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, the pot and the potter’s personality lie." - Alex Shimwell