Alison Graham

Hand built earthenware ceramics

2012 PhD Ceramics, Cardiff School of Art & Design,
2005 MA Ceramics (Distinction Part II)
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
2003 BA (Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts (1:1)
Cumbria University

Ceramic colour and glaze materials are hand painted, printed and manipulated to create unique wall-based porcelain artworks, lanterns and jewellery. Inspired by my experience of surfing in the Gower in south Wales and hiking in The Lake District in northern England, these artworks explore and examine the material qualities of porcelain and ceramic colour, specifically their transparency, translucency and luminosity.

Selected Works


Dr. Alison Graham is a colour specialist who uses ceramic stains, glaze and porcelain to explore the ways in which semi-abstract colour arrangements  can create transcendental spatial effects similar to those found in nature.
Completing her PhD in 2012, Alison continues to draw on her extensive research into colour interactions and ceramic materials to create paintings, light shades and vessels which exploit particular spatial effects.
Each piece is meticulously designed, painted and constructed by the artist alone, without the use of moulds, stencils, screens or other interfaces, thus making the outcomes unique, unusual and authentic.

Selected Exhibitions

2015        ‘Art in Clay’ Hatfield Pottery & Ceramics Festival, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire,
2015        ‘The Contemporary Craft Festival’, Bovey Tracey, Devon
2015:       MADE gallery ‘Spring Exhibition’ MADE gallery, 14A Orange Street, Uppingham,
2015:       ‘Ceramic Showcase’ Corner Gallery, 11A Beeches Avenue, Carshalton Beeches,
2015:       ‘CRAFT: Redefining Handmade’ (Trade show), Olympia, Kensington, London
2014/5:    ‘Crafted’, Huyton Gallery, Civic Way, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 9GD
2014:       ‘Christmas Inspire 2014’, Walford Mill Crafts Gallery Shop, Wimbourne, Dorset
2014:       ‘Showcase’ &Collective Art Gallery, 28 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan,
2014:       ‘Art in Clay’, The Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham Surrey, GU9 7QR
2014:       ‘Made by Hand’, Contemporary Craft Fair, City Hall, Cardiff, Wales
2014:       ‘Mini-Crafted’ showcase, Knowlsey Leisure and Culture Park foyer, Huyton,
2014:       ‘Craft Showcase’, The Found Gallery, 84 High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian,
2014:       ‘Clay 21’, Tim Andrews Gallery, Greenway, Woodbury, Exeter, Devon, UK, EX5
2014:       ‘Craft Showcase’, Bowery Visual Arts Gallery, 54 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds,
2014:       ‘Sanctuary’, Platform Gallery, Station Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2JT
2014:       ‘Summer Exhibition’, Bircham Gallery, 14 Market Place, Holt, Norfolk, NR25
2014:       ‘Craft Showcase’, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, St. David’s Road, Cwmbran,
2014:       ‘Down to Earth’ The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery, LS1
2014:       ‘The Contemporary Craft Festival’, Bovey Tracey, Devon
2014:       ‘Making Painting’, Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate, Kent (Gallery shop)
2014:        ‘Spring Showcase’, Adore Contemporary Boutique, 31 Church Street, Falmouth,
2014:        ‘British Craft Trade Fair’, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8QZ
2014:        ‘Newcomers Exhibition’, Bircham Gallery, 14 Market Place, Holt, Norfolk, NR25
2014:        ‘CRAFT’ Handmade in Britain trade show alongside ‘Home’ and ‘Top Drawer’,
2012: ‘Inspire’, Christmas exhibition, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
2012: ‘MADE12 London’, One Marylebone, Regent’s Park, London.
2012: ‘Wells Art Contemporary’ selected exhibition (short-listed artist), Wells,
2012: ‘Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair’. Spinningfields, Manchester
2012: ‘Metamorphosis: Transformations of Colour and Light’, Cow Lane Studio Gallery, Salford
2012: ‘ExLab Jurassic Coast’ themed shop exhibition, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne,
2012: ‘One Year On’ at The Contemporary Craft Festival, Mill marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon
2012: ‘Upfront Cumbrian Artists Open’ Upfront Gallery, Unthank, Penrith, Cumbria
2011: ’25 years on, Members Exhibition’ Oriel Makers Gallery, Cardiff
2011: ‘Between the lines’ Llanover Hall Arts Centre (Solo), Cardiff
2010: ‘Metamorphosis’ Leeds College of Art & Design (Solo), Leeds
2010: ‘Rufford NPA Selection’ Rufford Craft Centre
2009: ‘Playing with fire’, Oriel Makers Gallery, Cardiff
2009: ‘Porcelain Another Way’, Municipal Museum of Wroclaw, Poland
2009: ‘MA Ceramics: 25 years’, Howard Gardens Gallery, U.W.I.C. Cardiff
2008: ‘Beyond the Surface’, (Solo) Oriel Makers Gallery, Cardiff
2008: ‘Porcelain Another Way’, Walbrzych Museum of Art and Design, Poland
2008: ‘Searching Beyond…’, WIRIAD exhibition, Howard Gardens Gallery, U.W.I.C.