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UCLan student creates ceramics inspired by the nostalgia of the British seaside

07 July 2015

Rosie Lulat

Student is inspired by local seaside and her grandmother’s letters  

A contemporary crafts student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has created beautiful ceramics inspired by the nostalgia of the British seaside to exhibit at the UCLan Degree Show.

Alice Smalley, who is due to graduate later this month, produced pottery inspired by old photographs of her grandparents and seaside nostalgia.

 

"Whilst the pieces comment on the general idea of the seaside, they’re also very personal to me as they tell the story of my grandparents.”

The 21-year-old textured the outer surface of her pottery to represent the decay of the British seaside industry. Alice conveyed the nostalgia in her art work by creating special transfers for her ceramics from old photographs of her grandparents and from weekly written letters Alice receives from her grandmother.

Alice, from Bolton, commented: “I created contrast in my work by celebrating nostalgia for the past, whilst commenting on the current decay of the British seaside. Whilst the pieces comment on the general idea of the seaside, they’re also very personal to me as they tell the story of my grandparents.”

The ceramics are part of the former Canon Slade School and Sixth Form student’s final year body of work which has taken her several months to develop.

Alice plans to complete a Masters in Ceramics part-time at UCLan while working voluntarily with children in a ceramics’ workshop.