Alison Sandeman

About the artist

Thrown and handbuilt work in Stoneware, Porcelain and Raku. Alison's ceramics are inspired by the Sussex landscape and a response to Japanese Tradition

Personal Statement

The dynamics of running a pottery studio and teaching, for many years at West Dean College, has provided a balanced and practical approach to my life as a potter with each feeding the other, This is reflected in my work; functional pots and individual ceramics in Stoneware, Porcelain and Raku, which are inspired by English Country pottery along with the ceramics of the East. The landscape of the South Downs and Japanese tradition inspire my work on a daily basis, with a lively photographic record, playing an important part of the process, For many years, I have also explored ancient making and firing techniques, which include pit firing and archaeological clay techniques. At the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, I have run a prehistoric pot making and pit firing course using the clay from Pitsham Brickworks nearmCocking. Strong links with Museums and Collection stores are an essential part of the exciting process. I have worked on a long term research project with the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, on ancient making techniques. For several years, I have been involved with the firing and support of the wood fired kiln at the former Cass Sculpture Foundation.

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  • Studio Information

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    Studio Address

    2 School Lane, Compton, West Sussex PO18 9EZ

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    Studio Telephone

  • Studio Access

    Wheelchair Access


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  • Directions

    Park in Compton Square between the Coach and Horse's Pub and Compton Village shop. At the beginning of School Lane, there will be signs to guide you to venue.

Alison Sandeman

2 School Lane, Compton, West Sussex PO18 9EZ

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