Alice Shields Ceramics



My practice begins with walking and the experiential process of the body’s movement through an urban landscape. The rhythm of my pace is constant and linear. Yet is interrupted by a pedestrian, a set of traffic lights, shadows of railings flickering on tarmac.

The monotony of a well-traversed commute provides opportunity to slow down and observe. To appreciate beauty within the mundane and repetitive aspects of this locale. The subtlety of changing phenomena in both a physical landscape and the material of clay itself has become central to my practice.

Production is inspired by forms observed within this landscape and by the physical act of walking. Repetition of pace is explored through repeat mark makings on clay. A monochromatic palette enhances a minutiae of detail and the materials natural ability to create shadow. Additional materials provide opportunity to create an interactive dialogue about place, process and one’s own presence within it.