Alex Allday is a Ceramic and Surface Pattern Designer who produces decorative ceramic wares with distinctive surface pattern details and qualities. Alex graduated from Loughborough University with a BA (Hons) in 3D Design in 2013 and continued her studies at Staffordshire University where she graduated with an MA in Ceramic Design, 2015.
Inspired by the fusion of traditional patterns and styles, her work combines the use of handcrafted and digitally produced techniques and processes to create a range of diverse surface pattern designs for a variety of ceramic wares. Alex explores different ways to produce interesting surface qualities and textures through etch, relief/embossment, glazes and experimental screen-printing techniques that are applied to her wares, creating distinct pieces that have an emphasis on intricate detailing and composition. All of her decorative wares are produced in a range of high quality ceramic bodies including Porcelain and Parian that each have glaze enamel surface transfers applied.
Since graduating Alex has set up a studio with fellow Staffordshire graduates at the newly restored Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. They’re based as a collective in one of the pottery’s creative business units under the name of Four Makers @ No.5, where Middleport’s visitors are able to watch them in action making and buy their finished work.
Commissioning a piece of work is really exciting – it is a chance to have something made especially for you and an opportunity to really engage in the creative process.
Perhaps you need accessories to go with a particular outfit or a piece of furniture to fit a specific space in your home. We can work with you to design something truly unique. You’ll be able to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes with the Maker and together create a piece of craft, handmade for you.
This is just a first step, so don't worry, there’ll be plenty of chances to discuss details before finalising a commission.