Alison Smiles

As an emerging artist, the main area of my practice involves sculptural ceramic work that explores the merging between the animal world and the human condition. I completed my final year of Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of Sunderland, UK, as part of a student exchange, and as my study was mostly completed in South Australia, my degree was awarded by the University of South Australia. This opportunity has afforded me the ability to explore my work in a practice based process, enriching my work and helping me to question and develop my practice further.

Following my study in the UK, I applied for and was a successful recipient of a mentorship with Melbourne based Vipoo Srivilasa, funded by an Arts SA Grant. I travelled to his studio and received individual guidance from a supportive and energetic mid- career artist, who has continued to be a positive influence in my burgeoning practice.

After undertaking one year at the Jam Factory as an associate, I have been fortunate enough to become a founding member of the group studio based in Croydon, called Six Hands studio, with fellow Ceramic artists, Stephanie James Manttan, and Sophia Phillips. The studio provides a workspace, small exhibition space as well as providing demonstrations and small workshops. I have also been invited to attend the Macsabal Woodfiring Symposium in Zibo, China, in September 2013 as a professional development opportunity