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Having retired from teaching ceramics at the Washington Art Centre, Newcastle - where he also had a studio - Alan Ball is now working at a more leisurely pace from his home studio, where his output is concentrated on smoke-fired pots produced by the traditional shadow raku method, which originates from Japan in the early 1500s. His pots are decorated with patterns inspired by ancient African art and textiles, giving them a strong ethnographic feel.
Alan has been working with clay since he became hooked on its qualities when he undertook a course at Newcastle College of Industrial Art & Design in the 1960s. Over the course of his career, he has exhibited widely throughout the UK.
Alan's work will be exhibited for the first time at Sculpt Gallery in the Group Winter Exhibition 2020, running from 31 October - 19 December.