Meet the Maker / Sharon Alpren

We are delighted to be representing the work of Kyneton based ceramic artist Sharon Alpren at Boom. We value the integrity of Sharon’s approach and the constant evolution of her practice. We have a large range of her pieces currently in stock, perfect for end of year gift giving.

‘I am a potter. I began making pots after work in London as a buyer in fashion and homewares. When I moved to a place in outback Australia where there was no such work I found somewhere I could make pots instead, and there I fell in love with clay and its processes. I now live near Melbourne and still make pots. Pots for the home, both practical and sculptural, and architectural pieces through work with designers.

I work with my hands, pinching, coiling and slabbing, and on the wheel. Intrigued by the process of making and the nature of ceramic materials, I let the characteristics of the clay, the glaze and the fire direct my work. And fascinated by texture, I am forever experimenting with glazes and finishes. I fire in a gas kiln to about 1250 degrees, usually in a reduction atmosphere which creates a variety of tones in the clay and textures in the glaze.

I want to make pieces that are used and loved, that people pick up and touch, feel their imperfections, sense the raw, earthy materials. Pots that are inspired by ageless processes, yet are very contemporary.’