About the artist

Alexandra Barto

I create contemporary handmade ceramic vessels, focussing on moon jar-inspired forms with unique and painterly surfaces. Created in black or white stoneware on the potter's wheel, these jars are explorations of colour and texture. Using a dynamic process of layering slips, powder pigments and glazes over the surface, I aim to capture the energy of the making process and link the elemental nature of the clay and maker to the final piece. Each vessel is a one off piece of tactile art evocative of the nature that inspired them.   

Experience

Group Exhibitions

West Street Potters Winter Exhibition, Surrey (Dec 2021)
West Street Potters Winter Exhibition, Surrey (Nov 2019)

Degree show, Byam Shaw School of Art, London (June 2003)

Galleries

White Chalk Gallery, Devizes, Wiltshire (ongoing)

Awards

West Street Potters Bursary Award (April 2020) 

Shows

2022

Christmas Fair, Guildford Catherdral, Surrey (December)
Craft in Focus, RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey (November)
Art in Clay, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Surrey (August)
Craft in Focus, RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey (April)
The Great Charity Pot and Print Fair, online (March)
 
2021
Guildford Craft and Gift Market, Guildford, Surrey (December)
Guildford Craft and Gift Market, Guildford, Surrey (July) 
The Great Charity Pot Fair, online (March)

 

​2020
Shopfest at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey (December) 

2019
Dorking Artisan Market, Dorking, Surrey (December)

 

Retailers

Wereld Servizien, Germany 
The Sequel To, UK
A Piece of Toast, South Korea
Tierra Store, UK
Enichd Superfoods, UK

Press and Publications

Commissions

Matcha bowls, private individual, UK (2021)
Porcelain pebbles, private individual, UK (2021)

Matcha bowls, private individual, UK (2021)
Kurinuki matcha bowls, private individual, UK (2021)
Candle vessel forms, Space in Place, USA (2021)
Moulds for private commission, glass artist, UK (2020)
Kurinuki box, private individual, USA (2020)
Jewel bowl, private individual, UK (2020)

Bowl set, private individual, UK (2020)
Kurinuki planter, private individual, UK (2020)
Espresso cup set, private individual, UK (2020)
Serving bowl set, private individual, UK (2020)
Serving dish, private individual, UK (2020)
Set of vases, private individual, UK (2019)

Education

West Street Potters at Farnham Pottery, Surrey (April 2018 - present)
318 Ceramics at Farnham Pottery, Surrey (June 2018)
Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust, Dorset (2006 - 2009) 
BA in Fine Art, Byam Shaw School of Art, London (2000 - 2003)
Fine Art Diploma, Winchester School of Art (1999 - 2000)