Cigarette butts, slices of lemon, matchsticks, currency notes, to-do lists—London-based ceramicist Alma Berrow (born 1992) delightfully captures the residue of modern life in her creations. She writes that she “endeavours to create humorous and playful scenes, be it her 70s cookbook style platters or her ashtrays littered with gold teeth and the aftermath to a boozy affair of champagne and oysters.”
Despite their mundane nature, there is an unmistakable seductive quality to the artworks. They invite us to imagine scenarios and narratives. Moments of rest and relaxation following busy routines, secret encounters, loss of inhibitions…
Originally pursuing Art and Textiles at Falmouth University and going on to study Youth Work, she only recently turned her hands to ceramics with the Covid-9 lockdown as the unlikely catalyst.
Under quarantine, she spent a few months back home in her mother’s ceramic studio (Miranda Berrow) in Dorset exploring with clay. Alma rapidly developed into a prolific and sought after ceramicist in high demand around the world. She has exhibited with the galleries Timothy Taylor, Tristan Hoare and Yvon Lambert, and the auction house Sotheby’s.