About

Since leaving art college together Marée and Paul have worked across many art forms.

Our shared love of surface, colour and form led us to produce our minimal ceramic work.
 


Some words abridged from an article in Ceramic Review, Issue 323

Marée and Paul Allitt have been artistic collaborators since our time together at art school in Portsmouth during the 1970s. Our shared interest in surface, colour and pattern is central to our thinking. For many years we worked at Kettle’s Yard house and gallery in Cambridge, with its close association with British Modernism and the St Ives School. And too, we’ve always been aware of other artistic approaches, such as John Clappison’s work at Hornsea Pottery.

We think of our ceramics as ‘approximately pots’, not significantly functional in the traditional sense, nor sculptural – works of art in their own right. There’s a tradition of pottery there that runs through Staffordshire flat backs and the like, something of the fairground, a glimpse of wonder.

Handmade in our Cambridge studio our slab-built porcelain ceramics are decorated using stencils and slip colours. In the final vitrification firing some areas are glazed, making a contrast of matt and gloss surface, giving each piece a rich tactile quality.

While we work in series or sets we’re conscious that they’re usually only seen en masse in a gallery or an online photograph, we hope that each one carries echoes of its fellows. We’d like that when people take one home and put it on their mantelpiece it will give a little joy in passing.