Ali Tomlin Ceramics

Contemporary elegant porcelain vessels & thrown ceramics


Ali Tomlin Ceramics – I make hand made porcelain pieces from my studio just outside Farnham, Surrey. All of my work is individually made and constantly evolving, but has a signature, recognisable style. I make pieces ranging from small cups to large platters and vases, I can make to commission or you can buy directly from my website or visit me at my studio.

As well as pieces for conventional use, I also make one off wash basins and pendant light shades in a variety of colours and designs – These are all made to order.

  • Hand made & unique ceramics
  • Small Cups & Bowls
  • V Bowls
  • Stem Vases
  • Cylinder Vases
  • Rounded Vases
  • Platters
  • Lights

My background is in graphic design and I have always drawn and designed. I love the energy of random lines or marks, from a sketch, painting or found on stones or peeling paint. I still draw and paint, alongside making pots, and I enjoy how a simple line or mark can completely alter a piece and how the same shapes repeated, but with very different decoration, can form a cohesive family.

My work is a collection of thrown, uncluttered porcelain forms. I throw and turn the pieces to a fine finish where I then apply my marks. I work with the chalky surface, applying stains, oxides and slips, splashing and sponging away areas, adding inlaid and sgraffito lines, aiming to create imperfect and unpredictable marks.

Most decorating is carried out on the wheel to convey a feeling of movement and spontaneity. I use a bold, but muted, palette on the white clay, giving the hard porcelain the appearance of softness and my work is often described as calm. I leave most of the surfaces un-glazed, which lends a paper-like, tactile quality to the pieces.

All of my work can either be functional – heated and washed or decorative.

Selected member of the Craft Potters Association. Member of London Potters. Member of Society of Designer Craftsmen


Sands Close, The Sands, Farnham, Surrey. GU10 1LU

Telephone: 07770 424898



Social Media

Facebook: /alitomlinceramics


Instagram: ali.tomlin




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