Alice Mara has worked in the field of ceramics and print for over 15 years. ?Completing a degree at Harrow College Alice went on to do a Masters at the Royal College of Art, London. ? Inspired by her late father and printmaker, Tim Mara, Alice has looked to the world around her for ideas and designs.
Alice presents a selection of limited edition urns or ‘Building Pots’. Taking photographs of her native East London, she applies the images of buildings and the urban environment on her hand made urns, marrying the composition of the photograph to the form of the pot. Surprising, witty and compelling on close inspection; a face at a window, scaffolding and rubbish captured in its mundane and grimy glory.
“The process of wrapping an image around the pot is really what I find exciting about the digital transfer system.
I look at the object and wonder what the shape reminds me of, or what image would fit the three dimensional aspects of the pot. The larger urns are more regal and are decorated with more imposing, sometimes iconic buildings.
The small urns lend themselves to being placed in a row, – and what could suit that more than a row of houses.
The small houses are a narrative of a street and you will see unusual people in the windows; each house has its own story – as they do in real life.” Alice Mara
The urns will be on show and for sale at an exhibition curated and organised by Cavaliero Finn at the listed Georgian stately home, Belair House, in London over the weekend of the 10th May; http://www.cavalierofinn.com/dulwich_festival_shows.pdf
Only five of each design are made, costing £600, they can be purchased online through Cavaliero Finn: http://cavalierofinn.bigcartel.com/product/alice-mara-building-pots-urns