Sydney-based ceramicist Alana Wilson’s new collection II has a tiptoeing poise and a sense of lightness evocative of Degas’s ballet dancers. With a dancer’s sense of graceful composure and movement, their feminine forms hover high on fine bases, their sweeping tops generously flared.
Delicately poetic, they have a preciousness that only comes from something so tenderly crafted. Wilson uses a slip cast technique to ensure multiples of one form. She then applies layers of stoneware glaze, creating imperfect surfaces of warm milky whites and metallic dense blacks and bronzes so that each piece has completely unique.
The captured images of Wilson’s work, styled and shot by floral artist Simone Gooch of Fjura, echoes Wilson’s other inspiration; Ikebana, where the two elements – vessel and flora – unite humanity and nature. Wilson’s vessels are an integral partner to the blooms, open throated they sing for their host.
Wilson’s work is exceptional, her love for the contextual, intertwined with her quest for experimental contemporary glazing techniques, ensures that the result is something that is so very captivating and mesmerisingly ethereal.
Credits: Ceramics & Creative Direction by Alana Wilson, Photography, Styling & Florals by Simone Gooch