Artists At Home 17 – 19 September – Artist Allegra Mostyn-Owen

Image above: By Allegra Mostyn-Owen

Artists At Home is back. The Open Studios which has been a feature of life in west London for decades was online only last year and postponed from its usual date of June this year because of the pandemic.

Now they are back ‘stronger than ever’, with 93 artists showing their work in their homes and studios in Chiswick, Acton, Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush over the weekend of 17 – 19 September. Among them are painters, graphic artists, potters, jewellers, photographers and artists who work with textiles and mixed media.

Image above: By Allegra Mostyn-Owen

Allegra Mostyn-Owen

Allegra’s work is made from altered wheel-thrown vessels with sculptural additions as well as utilitarian bowls and plates. Natural forms and elements, archaic patterns and glyphs all fascinate her, and she experiments widely.

Allegra has attended various adult education centres across west London. She said she has been inspired by Inspired by a residential stint at Wenford Bridge under Seth Cardew and greatly improved her observational skills over years of attending Jan Buckley’s life drawing classes. This helped her to develop her sense of form and colour, Jan’s life sculpture classes made Allegra explore shapes and honed her modelling skills.

Allegra said: ‘My work was on display as part of a show celebrating adult education inspired by the collections at the Victoria & Albert museum. I have taught ceramics to children of all ages in a challenging environment.’

Nicholas Vester, collector, said: ‘Allegra Mostyn-Owen’s ceramics do many things: they cast new light on old forms, sinuously re-creating and re-blending the ancient and the modern; sexy and original combinations of colours and glazes make one see familiar things anew. In all of it there is a feeling of vitality; actually of growth in some, and the dynamism of form is creatively combined with a true and delightful feeling for colour.

‘Allegra’s ceramics seem each to tell me fragments of different mysterious stories – elemental, primal, joyful, witty and at times threatening, dense, unsettling and eerie. Her pieces are underpinned by a satisfying classicism of form. Each one conveys an almost mythological, archetypal tale drawn from the infinite beauties and terrors of life on earth.’ Sarah Sarhandi, musician and collector.

Images above: By Allegra Mostyn-Owen

Artists at Home was the first event of its kind in London – founded by artists Julian Trevelyan and Mary Fedden in 1973.

‘Last year we were forced to show our work online only for the first time in our history. This year we are excited to welcome you into our homes and studios in person once more’.

You can browse the artwork available on the Artists At Home website.

Image above: By Allegra Mostyn-Owen

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