Sculptor Alison Coaten graduated in Fine Art Sculpture at Loughborough University. Upon leaving, she began working with clay, enjoying the flexibility of the medium. Her work is based on animals and the human form, often depicting the relationship between man and animals, sometimes using mythological iconography. She is inspired by the work of writer/illustrators, from the quirkiness of Quentin Blake (Roald Dahl books) and the subtle colours of children’s book illustrator, Lizbeth Zwerger, to the dark humour of Edward Gorey who illustrated Bram Stoker’s Dracula and H.G.Wells’ War of the Worlds. Alison hand builds her pieces in stoneware and uses a palette of matt white crackle glaze sometimes highlighted with gold lustre. She exhibits throughout the UK  and currently has examples of her work displayed in Osprey’s flagship lifestyle store on London’s Regent Street. Her work is made in small editions and one-off pieces. Commissions are also available. Alison lives in rural Lincolnshire.

 

Eve - Sculpture by Alison Coaten

Eve by Alison Coaten (Things Less Ordinary Collection)

 

 

Osprey, London - Alison Coaten Sculptures

Osprey, London – Alison Coaten Sculptures

 

 


Art in Clay, Hatfield House. The 4th – 6th July 2014 saw the 20th Art in Clay event to be staged at historic Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.  For the second year running, the sun alone was almost hot enough to have fired a pot  but a glass of Pimms or a speciality cider was on tap to keep everyone cool. One of our most eagerly awaited events of the year,  we couldn’t refrain from adding to our personal collection and came away with sculptures by two of our favourite ceramicists,, Alison Coaten and Sally Macdonnel. We’ll be featuring both Sally and Alison’s work in more detail over the coming months.

Ceramic sculptures by Sally Macdonnel

Ceramic sculptures by Sally Macdonnel

 

Ceramic sculptures by Alison Coaten

Ceramic sculptures by Alison Coaten

Images: © Alison Coaten, Sally Macdonnel, Art in Clay