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Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy

Alex is a ceramic artist based in Bristol.
He graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Ceramics from Cardiff School of Art in 2010, where he also won the student award for work in clay. Subsequently, Alex was artist in residence at Kelly College, Tavistock and in 2014, he won the silver award for ceramics (Craft and Design Magazine). Alex is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and an associate member of the Craft Potters Association.

'I create objects with a harmonious connection between surface and form. My pieces are formally inspired by simple ceramic profiles and the highly textured surface is a response to my fascination for touch.

The tactile qualities of my artefacts are inspired by textures that surround us, such as tree bark, natural rocks, cracking paint and even marine life. The thrown vessel is used as a canvas to investigate the properties of these surfaces. Metal oxides add depth whilst the gold, platinum and copper lustre adds a sense of opulence.

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