Alex Allday is a Ceramic and Surface Pattern Designer who produces decorative ceramic wares with distinctive surface pattern details and qualities. Alex graduated from Loughborough University with a BA (Hons) in 3D Design in 2013 and continued her studies at Staffordshire University where she graduated with an MA in Ceramic Design, 2015.
Inspired by the fusion of traditional patterns and styles, her work combines the use of traditional handcrafted and digitally produced techniques and processes to create a range of diverse surface pattern designs for commercial and limited edition products. Alex explores in depth with producing interesting surface qualities and textures through etch, relief/embossment, glazes and experimental screen-printing techniques that are applied to a variety of decorative wares, creating distinct pieces that have an emphasis on intricate detailing and composition. All of her decorative wares are produced in a range of high quality ceramic bodies including Porcelain, Earthenware and Parian that each have on glaze enamel surface transfers applied.
Since graduating Alex has set up a studio with fellow Staffordshire graduates at the newly restored Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. They’re based as a collective in one of the pottery’s creative business units under the name of Four Makers @ No.5, where Middleport’s visitors are able to watch them in action making and buy their finished work.
Showcase Award, Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Shelley Group Student Award, Shelley Collectors Society
Student Enterprise and Innovation Award, Loughborough University