A Segmented Seed-Pod Form

Artist: Alan Wallwork (1931-2019)
Handbuilt stoneware, the pierced lobed body with a grey and brown mottled glaze, worked and rubbed to a largely matt white surface, incised initials to base
Height: 12.5 cm
Width: 10 cm
Diameter: 11 cm
Price: £550

Harlequin Gallery, London, from where acquired by the present owner circa 1997

Wallwork was something of a renegade in ceramic circles but had much in keeping with the generation of artists across several disciplines who, like him, emerged from the British art schools in the 1950s. Having attended Goldsmith's College in the middle years of that decade and often citing sculptors such as Eduardo Paolozzi and William Turnbull as inspiration, his approach to his work also drew influence from the natural world and his handbuilt pots show off an organic quality that is immediately recognisable. 

While the form of this pot is very much organic, the immensely pleasing surface has a timeless quality, rather like an artefact that has been washed by the waves or abraded by the winds for many years

A Segmented Seed-Pod Form
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