Ali Tomlin'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, where she applies her marks as spontaneously as possible. Preferring to work on the dry, chalky surface, she uses stains, oxides and slips, splashing or sponging away areas and inlaying lines, creating pleasingly imperfect and unpredictable marks. Sometimes this results in simple graphic marks and sometimes never ending abstract, landscape paintings or cityscapes, wrapping around the pots.
I have always drawn and designed and love the energy of random lines or marks, either from a sketch or painting or found on stones or peeling paint. I enjoy how just a simple line can change the feeling of a piece.
My work is a collection of thrown, uncomplicated forms. I throw and turn the pieces to a quite fine finish which, when unglazed and sanded, gives the porcelain the paper-like, tactile quality I like, where I can apply my marks as spontaneously as possible. I wait for the pieces to be dry, as I like to work on the chalky surface, before using stains, oxides and slip, splashing or sanding away areas and inlaying lines, aiming to create pleasingly imperfect and unpredictable marks.
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