Whilst studying ceramic design at Staffordshire University, Alex Shimwell travelled through Japan. Here he spent some time with Numaguchi-San, a 7th generation Jomon ware potter. He learned the traditional techniques and researched the ideas that informed traditional British studio ceramics. Alex also worked under the guidance of master potter Kevin Millward. With Kevin he learned traditional, industrial throwing techniques.
From his creation of refined, gas fired porcelain pieces to the expressive woodfired pieces, Alex Shimwell’s work displays the energy and attributes of the materials and processes used. He creates balanced, honest pots.
“In my work I explore the relationships between the processes that make the piece and the effects they create. I also explore, as well as the relationship between the pot and the user. I make solely wheel thrown, high fired, porcelain and stoneware objects, with a functional purpose. My aesthetic ideas are grounded in the traditions of British studio pottery which takes its inspiration from Japanese culture.”