Their artistic practice and reputations are closely associated with the radical ‘New Ceramics’ movement, which came out of London’s Royal College of Art in the 1970s. The progressive, exploratory works of Britton and Fritsch liberated the medium by blurring the disciplinary boundaries that had once separated pottery from sculpture and painting. Both artists hand-build their ceramic structures, creating abstractions of the traditional vessel form.
Quirk (2019) is a wonderful example of Alison Britton’s approach to making. First displayed in Corvi-Mora’s Heat-work exhibition in 2020, Quirk was selected for its ‘jaunty personality’. Gently comical, Quirk has a backward slouch, a round ‘pot-bellied’ body, a short tubular spout and side lugs that jut out like ears. The vessel’s anthropomorphic quality animates the clay.