Ali started professional life as a graphic designer. After twenty years she found ceramics and hasn’t looked back. She has always drawn and designed and loves the energy of random lines or marks, from a sketch, painting or found on stones or peeling paint. She enjoys how just a simple line can completely change the feeling of a piece.
Ali’s work is a collection of thrown, uncluttered porcelain forms. She throws and turns the pieces to a fine finish which, when unglazed and sanded, gives the porcelain a paper-like, tactile quality. She applies her marks as spontaneously as possible. Working on the dry, chalky surface, she applies stains, oxides and slips, splashing and sponging away areas and inlaying lines. Using a palette of strong but muted colours, she usually decorates work on the wheel to capture a feeling of movement and spontaneity.
Ali is based near Farnham in Surrey.