Since leaving college in 1998 I have been working solely with hand built porcelain –creating semi functional pieces. My work addresses the boundaries between function and decoration. I look at objects that are used on a daily basis; like the form of a jug and create pieces that move away from function and are more concerned with the aesthetic and the visual. My work is very much concerned with the simplicity and beauty of the clay and incorporating pattern and texture as well as glaze to create subtle, unique variations. Thinness and movement are very important in each piece. I am also fascinated by the transforming effect of lightonthe physical properties of porcelain. When a simple object is illuminated from within, subtle details become apparent and an ‘atmosphere’iscreated that transcends the object’s mere functionality. ‘She tends to create work in groups which can be displayed together. Each piece is individual and deliberately asymmetrical. This results in pieces which, while of the same family, have their own subtle differences.

Justine Allison