Alison Thyra Grubb graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2019 and is currently based in Aberdeenshire.
‘I create geometric slip cast ceramics using lustre glazes.
My practice combines traditional glazing techniques with 3D printing technology to create iridescent vessels.
I am particularly inspired by the metal bismuth, which is one of the ingredients in the glazes I use called in-glaze lustres. These glazes are reduction fired in a gas kiln and can give different results each time, making each piece unique.
I love being able to combine the precision of 3D printing with the unpredictability of in-glaze lustres.
Using digital technology is a big part of my process. The models for my pieces are 3D printed and I make plaster moulds of them for slip casting, so I end up with an exact replica of the 3D print in clay.
The layered textures that are built up during the 3D printing process are beautiful patterns that the machine creates. I see these marks left by the machine as a kind of digital fingerprint and I only sand certain surfaces on my forms to try to emphasize these textures.’