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Alex Watson



Studied painting at St. Albans School of Art in the 1950's
First became interested in ceramics at the London Institute of Education under the influence of William Newland.
Has been making pottery since then.
Spent many years teaching art and pottery in Primary, Secondary and Adult education.
Retired from teaching in mid 1990,s and now "pots" in Saxlingham Nethergate.
My work has rarely had much or any utilitarian function. It often has a hollow pot-like form but can also be purely sculptural or whimsical.
My main interests are shape and texture rather than surface pattern,using techniques of coiling slabbing and pinching trying to reach a balance between spontaneity and considered form.
Inspiration can come from anything, organic forms, household objects,mechanical shapes, museum studies, etc.
Most of my work at the moment is either stoneware or raku fired paperclay. (Paperclay involves mixing the clay with paper pulp - this reduces shrinkage enabling one to incorporate other materials (e.g. nails) with the clay). It also copes well with the thermal shock of "raku" firing.)
People have asked "Why rabbits?" I think it stems from a family joke about a strangely deformed knitted rabbit that belonged to my children when they were young. My son still sends me hand drawn cards with sad looking rabbits on them!
Rabbit boats have been bought by people from the USA to Japan.
A selection of galleries where work has been exhibited -
Young Contemporaries,London
Harlow Playhouse,Essex
Camden Arts Centre,London
Hertford Gallery,Herts.
Buckenham Gallery,Southwold
Great Walsingham Gallery,Norfolk
Harleston Gallery,Norfolk
Navigator Gallery,St.Just,Cornwall
Davison Thomas Fine Art,Penzance,Cornwall
Appleyard Gallery,Holt,Norfolk
Norfolk Open Sudios