Nature, the process of sewing, and, Art Nouveau architecture are all interwoven in the creation of my clay work.
Nature inspires me to find new forms and structures using repetitive patterns colors and textures on the surface emulating the world around me. The process of sewing has given me a pieced and layered aesthetic which is achieved through cutting, darting, altering, and mending as visible in handbuilt finished product. The Art Nouveau style of uniting nature and structure gives me ideas for basic form and elaborates on the ideas of function in my work. Combining various patterns, volumes and structures my process guides my hand and eye in my current work. Balancing these while still being useful and functional is an achievement nature teaches me.
Allison lives and pots in Concord NC with her husband, two children, two dogs and two cats. Allison grew up in Atlanta GA and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Clay and Glass and earned an MFA from Alfred University in New York. She was a Sage Scholarship recipient summer resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation and was a resident at the Philly Clay Studio. She has taught workshops and been a visiting artist at Universities, Colleges and art centers around the country. In 2012, Allison went back to school in to pursue a degree in occupational therapy and she currently works as a pediatric and elderly therapist at homes and in the hospital setting when not with her kids or in the studio.