Approved: 16.08.2006

Alexandra Johns

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
The overall theme of my work is natural forms. I like to look at interesting forms found in nature such as seed pods and sea urchins. Through experimentation and sketching I develop vessel shapes, which are usually round and rotund forms; however, even when working on a specific vessel or project the pieces often evolve and develop, and the end result does not always resemble the original

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  • Location: Southampton, South East
 

Biography

Concepts The overall theme of my work is natural forms. I like to look at interesting forms found in nature such as seed pods and sea urchins. Through experimentation and sketching I develop vessel shapes, which are usually round and rotund forms; however, even when working on a specific vessel or project the pieces often evolve and develop, and the end result does not always resemble the original design - I see this as an important part of the evolution of my work.Influences My influences come predominantly from natural forms such as seed pods and general plant life. I like to explore round, bulbous shapes, developing them into ideas for vessels. Culturally my influences come from the artist Anish Kapoor - with his series of vivid blue installation pieces used for his Turner prize-winning show. I am also influenced by the sculptor Peter Randall-Page who produces stone wood sculptures based on natural forms such as fir cones and seeds.Career path I decided from a young age that I wanted to work in the Arts. After completing my A Levels I went on to do a year's foundation course in Art and Design. It was there that I decided I wanted to concentrate on ceramics. I studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design and gained a degree in ceramics. Since then I have been combining my ceramic work, (selling it through galleries) with teaching art workshops.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2005 - Beside the Sea, The Poin Arts Centre, Eastleigh, Hampshire 2000 - Blue, Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, Hampshire 2000 - Red Seed, West End Gallery, Aldershot, Hampshire 1999 - Brick Window Gallery, High Wycombe 1999 - Fired Up, Winchester Guildhall, Hampshire 1999 - Original Arts Art Gallery, Harrogate Group exhibitions 2005 - Inventive Design, Craft in the Bay Gallery, Cardiff, Wales 2005 - Mixed show, Plateaux Gallery, London 2002 - International Ceramics Exhibition, Majalis Gallery, Dubai 2001 - Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, Hampshire 2001 - Garden Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire 2001 - Salamander Gallery, London 2001 - The Chalk House, St Ives, Cornwall 2001 - Wave Gallery, Kendal , Cumbria 2000 - 100% Talent Gallery, London 2000 - Afordable Arts, Battersea, London 1999 - World Craft Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan