New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond
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Our specially selected craft collection includes a delightful and varied collection of ceramics, jewellery, and textiles by makers which include; Richard Baxter, Jenny Chan, Ken Eardley, Alysa Freeman, Diane Griffin, Rebecca Halstead, Helen Harrison (Kilnworks), Abigail Marsh, Tessa Pearson, Mitch Pilkington, Catherine Rua, Katalin Szallas, Yo Thom and many more
Free family workshops: Crafting Flowers & Celebrate Farnham in Bloom with Us. Join us for a drop-in session at Picnic in the Park, Gostrey Meadows, 30 June, supported by Farnham Town Council.
My work is all about experimentation, which in turn helps to keep it fresh and interesting. My inspiration is drawn from everything around me and I particularly love vintage fairs and flea markets. I would describe my pieces as functional, beautiful, feminine and strong, yet with a feeling of fragility. I love to work with different mediums but porcelain is my passion. It is wonderful to work with and poses interesting challenges to me as a maker. It's purity and translucency are second to none and it never fails to fascinate and delight me.
Ali began studying ceramics twelve years ago during some evening classes at a pottery workshop in Farnham. With the help of some very talented tutors and the workshop's inspirational surroundings she got the ceramic bug. With no formal qualifications but armed with her new knowledge and artistic flair, she set up a small studio and began selling her work to select boutiques in Hampshire and Surrey.
The ceramic elements of her jewellery are all handmade by Ali using the finest Australian porcelain. Each piece is bisque fired, glazed with a clear glaze and then fired for a second time to create the pure white translucent finish. Pieces decorated with precious lustres are fired for a third time, creating the unique pieces. All the findings are sterling silver and compliment the porcelain perfectly. Although porcelain is an unusual medium for jewellery, it is hardy, completely wearable and a wonderful weight when worn. Due to the nature of handmade pottery, slight variations do occur. Each glaze batch and kiln firing creates a slightly different colour and shape which adds to the charm and individuality of her pieces.