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Born in Southwark, London. Alasdair's Father was an architect and his two sisters and he had a lot of exposure to the arts and crafts, particularly old buildings! He remembers becoming aware of the creative effects of fire when a neighbour's wooden garage containing an ancient ash framed van caught fire. When extinguished, there stood a fascinating labyrinth of standing charcoal. When he first started working with clay at college, it was the transformation of materials during firing that held him in thrall - it still does. As an art teacher he began working with clay in the classroom. The necessity of devising modelling and handbuilding projects, and the uninhibited and energetic originality shown by his pupils opened his eyes to the potential of the material as an expressive and figurative medium. After 4 years, he returned to college to work with clay as his main subject for a Bachelor of Education degree. The incidental commercial success of his degree show paid for his first kiln and he worked hard over weekends and evenings to develop what he had started. He also remained committed to his teaching career, becoming specialist ceramics teacher, head of department and occasional college lecturer. His confidence in his own work grew and he has been a full time ceramicist since 1992.
As a 6 year old visiting the Egyptian rooms in the British Museum he was overwhelmed by the textures, patterns and sinister esoteric nature of the mummified remains. He remains interested in disguise and concealment as expressed in primitive cultures and the way that the damage found in archaeological artefacts speaks of their history. His fascination with the human face has made it an obvious choice as a focus for his ideas.
His ceramics are in collections worldwide
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