Alex McCarthy create objects with a harmonious connection between surface and form. His pieces are formally inspired by simple ceramic profiles and the highly textured surface is a response to Alex’s fascination for touch.
The tactile qualities of Alex McCarthy’s artefacts are inspired by textures that surround us such as; tree bark, natural rocks, cracking paint and even marine life. The thrown vessel is used as a canvas to investigate the properties of these surfaces. Metal oxides add depth whilst the gold, platinum and copper lustre adds a sense of opulence.
No two pieces are ever the same; this is intentional, He feels each piece has its own story to tell. Alex McCarthy wants the viewer to interact with the work through touch and perhaps see if they can feel the pots journey. Each item is fired several times due to the different temperatures in which he fires; this gives Alex the opportunity to re-fire vessels to add more oxide or lustre.
Past Exhibition and Events
Art in Action, Oxford
Art in Clay, Hatfield and Farnham
Ceramics in the City, London
Handmade in Britain, London
Innovation in Ceramic Art, Cambridge
Made by Hand, Cardiff
Potfest in the Park, Penrith
The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracy
Saatchi Gallery Seminar as part of COLLECT 2015, London
‘Into the Fold’ Ceramics Seminar and Tutorials at CSAD 2014, Cardiff
HotHouse 4 with The Craft Council 2014, London
Artist in Residence 2010-2014, Kelly College, Tavistock
First Class Honours Degree in Ceramics 2010, Cardiff School of Art
Silver Award in Ceramics 2014, Craft&Design Magazine
The Student Award 2010, Art in Clay, Hatfield
Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Associate Member of the Craft Potters Association