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

Shows

  • 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)

  • 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)

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

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

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)

Awards

  • ​West Street Potters Bursary Award (April 2020)

Memberships

  • Crafts Council Directory

  • London Potters

  • West Street Potters

Stockists

  • White Chalk Gallery, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK

  • The Lightbox Gallery shop, Woking, UK

  • Wereld Servizien, online, Germany 

  • The Sequel To, online and Harrogate, UK

  • A Piece of Toast, South Korea

  • Tierra Store, online, UK

  • Enichd Superfoods, online, UK

Press and Publications

Education

  • Workshop with Akira Satake, online (January 2022)

  • Exploring Japanese Pottery, West Dean College (January 2022)

  • 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)