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Ceramics & Glass (MA)

Alice Vanessa Foxen

Alice Foxen is an artist, living, working and playing in London since 1990. 

In 2013 she graduated with a BA (Hons) in 3D Materials Practice, specialising in ceramics.

Her love for making and materials, combined with growing up in a city, has driven a lifelong search for discarded objects and materials found in public space. She sees the beauty in the stuff other people don’t notice. Her work in clay and other materials has taken her to residencies at the International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark and The Vermont Studio Centre in the USA. Her work has been shown at the British Ceramics Biennale and internationally in group exhibitions.

While studying at the RCA, Alice’s material journey has developed through playful research. She continues this journey from her studio in Bermondsey.  

Alice Vanessa Foxen-statement

Walking through urban space makes me curious. The street is always in flux and I am always searching for overlooked objects and leftover materials. Stuff in chaotic harmony, traces of activity on the street that sparkle for me. These encounters with objects are my personal connection with public space. I gather them up as memories, sometimes snapping a photograph to record the moment.

To be in a state of flux is to constantly change and to mix with other things. Forces meet, boundaries blend, materials react. My layers of collected memory form a landscape that I explore in clay, with other materials joining in. My sculpture is on the move, in a tussle between structural control and fluidity.

Where have these objects have come from, are they familiar, do they spark your curiosity?

Sparkle for me., Porcelain, glaze, plywood, steel.
Sparkle for me (detail)
Sparkle for me (detail)Porcelain, glaze, plywood, steel. 150 x 60 x 25cm This mountain of mystery material is on the move. Excavated aggregate, scooped up from the ground and left to crumble and slip, slide, zigzag its way. This piece forms the beginning of a memory landscape of public space. The photographs I take act as a bookmark for my memory, holding a sense of the form I want explore in clay.
Road works
Road worksDigital images
Sparkle for me and Roadworks Table
Sparkle for me and Roadworks TablePorcelain, glaze, plywood, steel. 150 x 60 x 25cm Valchromat, Jesmonite, steel. 93 x 44 x 78cm
Sparkle for me (detail)
Sparkle for me (detail)Porcelain, glaze,stain, molochite. 25 x 25 x 22cm


Porcelain, glaze, plywood, steel.


150 x 60 x 25cm
Inert matter, live wire., Porcelain, glaze, foam.

A little sandbag captured in flux.


Porcelain, glaze, foam.


14 x 20 x 30cm
Puff, fluff, forward
Puff, fluff, forward Stained porcelain, foaming clay. 16 x 18 x 4cm
Crumb, pull, porous.
Crumb, pull, porous.Stained porcelain, foaming clay. 16 x 17 x 4cm
Road works
Road worksDigital images
Slumps, squishes, spreads
Slumps, squishes, spreadsStained porcelain, foaming clay. 16 x 18 x 4cm
Notes on flux (1)
Notes on flux (1)Pillow (pink), Foaming clay, vitreous slip. 36 x 31 x 0.8cm, Paper puff plate, Porcelain, stain, molochite. 40 x 18 x 5cm - These notes on flux illustrate the chance encounters I have with objects on the street, the shifting layers of interaction with time and space. They are a cut through a myriad of stories going on.
Pillow (white)
Pillow (white)Porcelain, glaze, silicone mat. 30 x 15 x 6cm
Notes on flux (2)
Notes on flux (2)Porcelain, black clay, glaze. 25 x 13 x 16cm
Notes on flux (3)
Notes on flux (3)Tarmac zigzag Black clay with additions, steel bracket. 40 x 26 x 4cm Sparkle Jar (rutile) Slip cast porcelain, glaze, clay with additions. 12 x 12 x 11.5cm

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