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Alice Walton (born 1987) is a British ceramic artist whose intriguing labyrinthine forms have attracted international acclaim. With a forensic eye, Walton translates the seemingly familiar into highly complex and multi-layered porcelain objects. Despite featuring intensely textured surfaces and complex colours, Walton’s work is also recognised for its meditative qualities. It is this tension between the repetitive and experimental, the calm and the kinetic that make her objects so compelling.
Walton uses a landscape of objects, crafted from individual components to create abstract scenes. This repetitive nature of mark-making in turn mimics the constant review of familiar objects on daily commutes. As references, she combines collaged photography and drawing from memory which are bought into her studio to work from. This research then pivots her work away from the literal into an imaginary collection of objects.
Her desire to stave off our digital riddled and splintered multi-realities is remedied through a process of intensely tactile moulding technique. Deliberately contemplative, her work creates a time capsule of discovery for the viewer with its intricately detailed markings drawing them in.
Walton’s one-off abstract ceramics have exhibited worldwide; including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern, Make Hauser & Wirth, Officine Saffi, Collect 2020 and was awarded the Wedgewood Prize at the British Ceramics Biennial in 2019.
Walton has been an artist in residence during the European Ceramic Context in Denmark, graduate residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and summer resident in Cove Park, Scotland. In 2017 she was awarded the Sir Eduardo Paolozzi Travel Scholarship and in 2018 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.
Walton believes the creative journey becomes part of the technique, a philosophy that first emerged during her academic career. She is a Postgraduate (MA) of Ceramics from the Royal College of Art in 2018 and also completed an Undergraduate BA (Hons) Degree from the University of Brighton in which she was awarded a Distinction in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics.