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Welcome to
Alison Waters Art

Hand Built Ceramics 

ARTS FOR WELLBEING 

I am a mixed media artist working from GRIT Studio, Stockport 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 and Lime Arts, Manchester NHS Trust.
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 the environment that surrounds me; encouraging others to look closer and longer at the beauty around them whether natural or urban.

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Galleries and Exhibitions

I have my work for sale in several private galleries across the UK. I also sell through local makers markets and ceramics fairs.

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Current stockist of selected "Tree Rings" range

Creative Recycling Gallery, Chorlton

Current stockist of "Tree Rings" range

Calgary Arts Gallery, Isle of Mull

November 2020

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (online)

July 2018 - 19

Heatons Art Trail

20:22 - Identity

Manchester Art Gallery Shop

Stockport Open Exhibition 2022

Stockport War Memorial Gallery

'Landscapes'

Cotton On Manchester

Nov 2022

Manchester Ceramics' Fair

Oct 2023

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Teaching and Workshops

Artist in Residence

Bramall Hall

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.

Workshop Facilitator

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
Community programme
Creative Challenge 
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.

Arts for Wellbeing facilitator

Lime Arts Manchester NHS Trust

Planning and delivering Arts for wellbeing sessions for NHS Trust staff

Workshop Facilitator

Poynton Pottery
Sept 2021 - Present dat

Planning and facilitating weekly adult workshop sessions

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Alison Waters

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Identity

Porcelain and Stoneware vessels with sgraffito decoration

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.

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Identity

Porcelain with black sgraffito
Calgary Art Gallery, Isle of Mull

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Porcelain vase

Black sgraffito tree ring decoration. Each tree ring has an individual desig; an individual identity

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Porcelain bowls

Black sgraffito tree ring decoration. Each tree ring has an individual desig; an individual identity.

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Porcelain Pinch Pots

Black sgraffito tree ring decoration. Each tree ring has an individual desig; an individual identity

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Porcelain and Found Object Spoons

Black sgraffito tree ring decoration. Each tree ring has an individual design an individual identity. Using beautiful found objects from the natural world to create decorative handles.

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Stoneware Vase

Large stoneware vase with matt white glaze and black sgraffito decoration

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Regeneration

Stoneware vessels with digital transfer decoration

Moving studios to the northern industrial town of Stockport has influenced my ceramics away from the natural to the architectural. A vintage book found on a Stockport marketplace stall boasted of Stockport being the envy of the north with its new 1960's shopping precinct and revolutionary high rise housing. As Stockport undergoes a new wave of transformation I seek to capture the town as it is before change for better or worse, happens once again.

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Big Blue Skies

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SOLD

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Centred

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FOR SALE

Over the Rooftops

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FOR SALE

Still Life Painting

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FOR SALE

Splash of Yellow

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SOLD

BLUE RECTANGLES

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FOR SALE

Windows

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FOR SALE

Viaduct View

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FOR SALE

Lanc'ie Hill

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FOR SALE

Arches

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SOLD

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Dark Days

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FOR SALE
Hand built stoneware with
digital transfer imagery

Development

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FOR SALE
Hand built stoneware with
digital transfer imagery

Pyramid

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FOR SALE
Hand built stoneware with
digital transfer imagery

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View Through a Hole

Stoneware vessels with digital transfer decoration

Inspired by the views through the iconic Alan Boysen car park screen in Stockport. Capturing the multi faceted architectural face of this northern town as it enters another phase of redevelopment.

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Viaduct

SOLD
Hand built stoneware with
digital transfer imagery

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Angles

FOR SALE
Hand built stoneware with digital transfer imagery and oxidised steel bar.

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Cranes

FOR SALE
Hand built stoneware with digital transfer imagery and oxidised steel bar.

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My Story

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. 8 years later I am now at a new artist studio in Stockport - GRIT Studio and facilitating my own ceramic's workshops whilst selling my work through galleries and by commission.
Arts for Wellbeing is my passion and I regularly facilitate sessions for ARC and Lime Arts.

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Handmade Books

Etchings and screen prints

The Pathos of Things

To the Woods

Forest Bathing

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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.

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Ceramics - other projects

Tree ring pinch pots

Identity ...

Beautiful petit porcelain pinch pots. Black sgraffito decoration echoing the individual identity of every tree.

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I go to the Peace of Wild Things 2

Beautiful hand coiled stoneware pot. Hand decorated with illustration of birch trees.

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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.

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Stockport Chimneys

Contemporary hand built vase in glazed and unglazed stoneware.

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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.

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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.

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Workshops

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.

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Arts for Wellbeing

Examples of workshops

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Book in a Box

Miniature book in a box created by collaging with postage stamps

STARLING INC Young persons workshop

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Collaborative Large Scale Collage

Created with hand painted papers

ARC Stockport Community Programme

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Exploring Mark Making

Mark making on paper and ceramic tiles

ARC Stockport SHINE Young Peoples Project

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Arts for Wellbeing

Examples of workshops

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Large Scale Collaborative Book

Large Scale book based on poem "Hope is a thing with feathers..." created by collaging hand painted papers

LIME ARTS Manchester NHS Trust

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Collage and Ceramic Tiles

Hand made ceramic tiles decorated with digital transfer of collaged piece

LIME ARTS Manchester NHS Trust

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Mod Roc Creative Creatues

Mod Roc sculpture

ARC Stockport SHINE Young Peoples Project

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Contact Us

07880 734891

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