Alison Waters Art
Ceramics - Print - Artist's Books - Workshop facilitator
I am a mixed media artist working from Cakebread Workshop, Manchester where I work primarily on creating decorated hand built ceramics. I regularly facilitate workshops in both ceramics and mixed media for several ceramic studios and also for ARC - Arts for Recovery in Stockport. I have a particular interest in community and arts for well being and have many years of experience working within the SEMH educational sector.
I find my inspiration in nature and inspiring others to look closer and longer at the beauty of nature around them.
Galleries and Exhibitions
I have my work for sale in several private galleries across the UK. I also sell through local makers markets and through my ETSY account.
Creative Recycling Gallery, Chorlton
Porcelain plates and bowls inspired by the poem 'Heartwood' by Rob McFarlane
Calgary Arts Gallery, Isle of Mull
Lanagmull Tree Rings
Porcelain and stoneware vases inspired by the hauntingly beautiful tree stumps found at Langamull - North West Mull Community Woodland.
Great Northern Craft Fair (online)
Due to the pandemic the GNCF took place online last year.
Heatons Art Trail
July 2018 - 19
Teaching and Workshops
Artist in Residence
Working within the Park on a series of drawings, developing them into wood block prints. Facilitating a book making workshop for public within the Park.
CLAY Studio, Manchester Dec 2017 - present day
Planning and facilitating adult and family workshops in hand built ceramics.
Workshop facilitator - In person and virtually
ARC Centre, Stockport 2016 - present day
Planning and facilitating a variety of mixed media workshops for :-
Public programme - ceramics, drawing, bookmaking
Tameside GP referral group
HYMS transitional group
Creative instructional videos
ARC Centre, Stockport 2020 - 2021
Planning, filming and editing a variety of instructional videos for ARC Service users to access online.
My inspiration comes from the ephemeral beauty of the natural world and an appreciation of its healing power. I combine my passion for drawing and hand built ceramics working in porcelain or stoneware, decorating the surface with my observations from nature.
I have a particular passion for trees and have a collection of ceramics inspired by the hauntingly beautiful felled tree stumps found at Langamull, North West Mull Community Woodland.
Having graduated in 2015 from Manchester School of art as a mature student with a 1st class hons degree in Creative Practice, I was at a loss - what to do next ... and so my journey with ceramics began ... CLAY studio Manchester had just opened and so I enrolled on a 6 week hand building course. 5 years later I am now at a new artist studio - Cakebread Workshop and facilitating my own ceramic's workshops whilst selling my work through galleries, local art fairs, recommendations and my Etsy shop.
Hand built porcelain plate with sgraffito decoration of tree ring with poetry by Rob McFarlane - Put an ear to my bark cutter, hear my saps mutter ... Would you turn me to timber cutter, leave me nothing but a pile of logs, pile of brash?
I go to the Peace of Wild Things 2
Beautiful hand built stoneware pot. Hand decorated with illustration of birch trees.
Some Plants Die Beautifully ...
Coiled stoneware vase with sgraffito decoration of seedheads and text 'Some plants die beautifully, death becomes them.'
Langamull Tree Rings - Porcelain
Delicate hand built porcelain vases. Unglazed with black sgraffito decoration inspired from the Forestry Commission land at Langamull, Isle of Mull.
Langamull Tree Rings - porcelain bowls
Delicate hand built porcelain bowls. Unglazed with black sgraffito decoration inspired from the Forestry Commission land at Langamull, Isle of Mull.
Langamull Tree Rings Stoneware bowl
Contemporary hand built stoneware bowl decorated with black sgraffito tree ring design inspired from the Forestry Commission land at Langamull, Isle of Mull.
Beautiful petit porcelain pinch pots. Black sgraffito decoration echoing the individual identity of every tree.
I go to the Peace of Wild Things 2
Beautiful hand coiled stoneware pot. Hand decorated with illustration of birch trees.
Langamull Tree Rings - Stoneware...
Hand built stoneware vase with hand carved and sgraffito tree ring. Inspired from the Forestry Commission land at Langamull, Isle of Mull.
Chimney Pot Vase
Contemporary hand built vase in glazed stoneware.
3 little birds..
Hand built porcelain bowl, spot glazed on colour. Inspired by the beautiful garden birds that have been our joy and solace through the lockdown. Features colours of robin, blue tit and blackbird.
I saw a flash of black...
Hand built porcelain vase. Spot glazed on colour. Inspired by the beautiful garden birds that have been our joy and solace through the lockdown. Each vase features one bird: blackbird, robin, blue tit, great tit, sparrow.
Etchings and screen prints
The Pathos of Things
To the Woods
Inspired by Japanese imagery, this beautiful fan is decorated with screen printed images of leaf skeletons. Delicate Japanese paper is intricately concertina folded to create the pages of this artist's book.
Etching of woodland illustration printed onto Japanese paper
Based on drawings of the trees in Whitworth park, this birch plywood fan screen printed and embellished with gold foil.
Ceramics, book making, drawing and collage.
I have many years experience of teaching SEMH students and delivering art workshops to a people of all ages. I specialise in facilitating to vulnerable children and adults and encourage them to find the value in using art as a therapy.
Workshops can be tailored to suit anyone and can be in a variety of media from clay to paper and collage. I can deliver workshops from Cakebread Workshop or at a venue to suit the client. I am also now very confident at delivering virtual workshops over zoom.
Please feel free to message me with any queries.