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About the artist

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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 it.   

Experience

Shows

2023

  • Handmade Chelsea, London (November 2023)

  • Roy's Art Fair, The Bargehouse at the Oxo Tower, London (September 2023)

  • Handmade Oxford, Waterperry Gardens, Oxford (June 2023) 

  • Richmond Craft Fair, Surrey, (May 2023)

  • Craft in Focus, RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey (April 2023)

2022

  • Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Christmas show, online, (December 2022)

  • Christmas Fair, Guildford Cathedral, Surrey (December 2022)

  • Craft in Focus, RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey (November 2022)

  • Art in Clay, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Surrey (August 2022)

  • Craft in Focus, RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey (April 2022)

  • The Great Charity Pot and Print Fair, online (March 2022)

2021

  • Guildford Craft and Gift Market, Guildford, Surrey (December 2021)

  • Guildford Craft and Gift Market, Guildford, Surrey (July 2021) 

  • The Great Charity Pot Fair, online (March 2021)

2020

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

2019

  • Dorking Artisan Market, Dorking, Surrey (December 2019)

Group Exhibitions

  • "Winter Exhibition" at Lingwood Samuel Art, Godalming, Surrey (October 2023)

  • "Ceramicus 2023" at the Allen Gallery, Alton, Hampshire (October 2023)

  • "David Thomas" exhibition at Bell Fine Art, Winchester, Hampshire (June 2023)

  • "Fragile Earth" at Lingwood Samuel Art, Godalming, Surrey (March 2023)

  • "Winter Exhibition" at West Street Potters, Farnham, Surrey (Dec 2021)

  • "Winter Exhibition" at West Street Potters, Farnham, Surrey (Nov 2019)

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

Gallery representation

  • Lingwood Samuel Art, Godalming, Surrey 

  • Bell Fine Art, Winchester, Hampshire 

  • White Chalk Gallery, Devizes, Wiltshire

Memberships

  • Design Nation

  • Crafts Council Directory

  • London Potters

  • Ceramicus

  • Southern Ceramics Group 

  • Axisweb

Awards

  • ​West Street Potters Bursary Award (April 2020)

Press and Publications

Education

  • Workshop with Akira Satake, online (2022)

  • Exploring Japanese Pottery, West Dean College (2022)

  • West Street Potters at Farnham Pottery, Surrey (2018 - 2023)

  • 318 Ceramics at Farnham Pottery, Surrey (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)

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