Ali Tomlin’s fascination with line and how it communicates energy is a constant theme in her work. She is drawn towards the random – lines in a sketch, a mark, peeling paint or on a found beach pebbles. In her hand these seemingly simple statements become powerful, changing the dynamic of a piece, through gesture and colour.
‘I have always drawn and designed and love the energy of random lines or marks, from a sketch, painting or found on stones or peeling paint. I enjoy how just a simple line can completely change the feeling of a piece. My work is a collection of thrown, uncluttered porcelain forms. I throw and turn the pieces to a fine finish which, when unglazed and sanded, gives the porcelain a paper-like, tactile quality, where I can apply my marks as spontaneously as possible. I wait for the pieces to be dry, as I prefer to work with the chalky surface, before using stains, oxides and slips, splashing or sponging away areas and inlaying lines, aiming to create pleasingly imperfect and unpredictable marks.’