Alison Frith
Topography: a study of surface

Alison Frith was the recipient of the Sofitel / Craft FRESH! Emerging Craft Practitioners Award in 2016.  The award includes the opportunity for the winning artist to exhibit new work at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins in the following year.

The works in this exhibition continue Frith's investigation of surface, exploring the relationship between unconventional finishes and contained forms.  Volatile crater glazes are countered with smooth satin finishes, creating a dialogue between the controlled and organic.  Frith portrays and idiosyncratic landscape of extremes, utilising a horizon of contrasting glaze lines. With each panel subject to unpredictability in the firing, Topography alludes to a seemingly alive surface. When making, Frith’s technical approach is both balanced and driven by these chance outcomes. 


Alison Frith is a ceramic artist living and working in Melbourne.  She adopts unconventional surfaces to create a narrative between the organic and refined.  With a strong focus on technique, Frith employs crater glazes to interrupt honed forms and clean lines. Highlighting the materiality of clay, Frith creates a dialogue between form and surface and the various ways this reads to the viewer.


Frith was the recipient of the Trudie Alfred Bequest (2015) and was a finalist in the McClelland Gallery Mary & Lou Senini Award (2015).


Alison Frith

Topography: a study of surface

The Lobby

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins

February - May 2017

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