Alison West Ceramics - Saggarfired Ceramic Art



Hand thrown and slab-built porcelain tableware and vessels. The ancient process of Saggar Firing is used to create natural surface pattern with local organic material such as ferns, seaweed, leaves, grasses and naturally occurring minerals.  Saggar fired ceramics are the result of mixing the elements to create unique, unrepeatable transference of colour, pattern and texture without glaze.


Saggar Fired Ceramic Art Vessels


Saggar Fired Sealed Earth Tableware

My Pots


My curiosity in ceramics was aroused whilst living in a traditional pottery area in ​Japan and encouraged me to explore the medium at greater depth. I trained with Bruce Chivers on my return to the UK.  

I am drawn towards the challenges of the wheel, the physicality of throwing and the capricious qualities of porcelain, a material I find demanding and absorbing. 


My pots reflect the experience of living in Japan -  I do not consciously aim to create Japanese style pots, but there is an influence of traditional form.  

I am inspired by work decorated by flame and fire that reflects the process of making and firing.   I fire in a sagger (a container) packed  with  organic combustible material in which pots are buried.  


The sagger is sealed and  placed in a gas kiln and fired slowly.  The natural materials collected from Dartmoor and the Devon coast turn from solid to gas and transfer colour, pattern and texture to the pot.  The combination of the elements permeate the clay and create unique, unrepeatable surfaces.