About Ali Herbert
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"Throwing pots in repetition on the wheel has a lovely working rhythm to it, and bowls are probably my most favourite item.
They are such a pleasure to make, glaze and use. I could never say I’ve reached the end and found the definitive shape."
Studio: Unit 2B, Wheelers Yard, Colyton, EX24 6DT
I was born in Studley, Warwickshire in 1963. I graduated with a ceramics degree from Loughborough College of Art and Design and went on to study further on the Post Graduate Diploma Course at Goldsmiths, University of London. I was then an apprentice production potter to John Leach at Muchelney Pottery from 1993 to 1996.
Making pots combines many of my interests in nature and the landscape. I love discovering new glazes and forms and I am always delighted when a glaze evokes the moods and textures of nature. My pots are freckled with spots of iron and I love the line where glaze meets the raw clay
- the line where the edge of frosty stone meets red earth.
I am fortunate enough to live in Lyme Regis and work in a rural studio just over the border in Colyton, Devon. I enjoy engaging with the public when they visit. Dorset has such a beautiful history in the Arts and Crafts, the countryside is breathtaking and this ‘Hardy’ county inspires
me daily. I hope my pots reflect the quality of this rich cultural heritage.
I like my pots to have a defined modern edge, and am working to create a collection of shapes that fit together and fulfil their practical purpose. Throwing pots in repetition on the wheel has a lovely working rhythm to it and bowls are probably my most favourite item. They are such a pleasure to make, glaze and use, If I could only make one form, as in a desert island disc selection, I would chose bowls and never get tired. I could never say I’ve reached the end and found the definitive shape.
All my work is fired in a gas reduction kiln and produced using high quality local clays made by Dobles Clay Company, from St Agnes in Cornwall.