Ali Herbert


I studied ceramics at Loughborough and later attended Goldsmiths College for postgraduate study. In ceramics at that time there was a synthesis of tradition and trends and stereotypical boundaries were loosening.

In the early 90’s I worked in Nigeria as a VSO Potter and on my return I joined Muchelney Pottery in Somerset where I was apprentice to John Leach and part of the production team making wood fired tableware. The experience transformed my knowledge and skills as a potter over the 3 years I spent with them. 

My studio is in Nettlecombe, which lies at the foot of Eggardon Hill and it is the most peaceful place to live and work. I use both stoneware and porcelain, work is mostly made on the wheel and sometimes altered by hand. I fire them in a reduction atmosphere which teases out qualities inherent in the materials.

I enjoy making work which develops into a series. Because texture, colour and sometimes even the form of the material is changed by the firing process even minute details can be a guide to where to go next. Themes emerge as I travel along a thread, stemming from the initial idea and steadily developing into a new body of work. This is a measured approach to making quite unlike working to a design but it allows time and choice of materials and thinking space as the work evolves.


DAW- Dorset Arts Open studios - May 

Summer Show – Make Southwest, Riverside, Bovey Tracey

Eggardon Summer – Rowley Gallery, Kensington.


DAW- Dorset Arts Open Studios - May 

Commission – BBC Tokyo Olympics . Water carafe and Beakers sets for TV set


Digital Craft Festival – June 26th – 28th June

Contemplation – The Arts Stable 1st – 19th August

Cambridge Contemporary Arts – Found in Nature - October.

Commission - Café tableware for The Rousdon Village Bakery.

Move to Mappercombe Farm – Convert studio space and construction of Gas reduction kiln.


Awarded Full membership of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey, January.

New@Devon Guild exhibition 8th March – 28th April

The Contemporary Crafts Festival, Bovey Tracey – June 

Ceramics At The Chapel – September 21st – October 6th part of Somerset Arts Weeks

Commission - Café tableware for Passiflora

No 56 Makers – Exhibition Penzance 


The Future Kept – Sgraffito Tea bowl launched for their on line store in November. 

Wonderland - Dartington Christmas Craft fair .November 29th

Bridport Open Studios September 8th – 16th

The Artichoke Gallery – Follow the Line - 7 July to 29 September

Earth & Fire Ceramics festival 2018 Wellbeck , Nottinghamshire 

Dorset Arts Weeks, Venue 305 Mappercombe Farm, Nettlecombe , Dorset

The River Cottage Spring Food festival 

Potter of The Month, The Leach Pottery St Ives, February 2018


The Thelma Hulbert Gallery – The present Makers

Native Makers – December, The Royal William Yard, Plymouth 

50 Dorset Makers – Wolverton Riding house, June 2017

Colour and Clay, 31/3-12/4 The courtyard Gallery, Lyme Regis

Materials .The Malthouse Gallery, 24/3 – 12/4 The Town mill Arts Guild, Lyme Regis

Glazed Sky –Traced Earth 28/4 – 10/5 The Courtyard Gallery, Lyme Regis


Made by Hand, Cardiff, October 

Move to Wheelers yard studio. Construction of a 42 cubic ft Gas reduction kiln.

1998-1999 The Potters Shed Trust – lead potter 

Development of a line of tableware for small scale pottery , Kodai Kanal, Tamil Nadu August - February

Artist residency – The Golden Bridge Pottery , Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu February- September 

!996- 1998 Pottery Assistant – Bridge Pottery, Cheriton, Gower

Assistant and working with Micki Schloessingk - Bridge Pottery, Cheriton, Gower . Wood fired salt-glaze  

1993 – 1996 Production Apprenticeship  

Muchelney Pottery, Kingsbury Episcopy, Somerset . 

1992-1993 VSO Potter – Nigeria

1990- 1992 Mid Cheshire College of Art and Design Foundation Arts Lecturer.

Arena Studios Liverpool – studio set up – 1990 - 1992


1990 – Goldsmiths College, London . 

Postgraduate Diploma in Studio pottery

1983- 1986 - Loughborough College of Art and Design 

BA hons degree in Ceramics 2.1

1982-83 - Hereford College of Art - Foundation Arts Course


  • Carved Hill Vase by Ali Herbert
  • Oval Pinch Bowl by Ali Herbert
  • Pinch Pot by Ali Herbert
  • Stoneware Bottle by Ali Herbert
  • Stoneware Round Bottle by Ali Herbert
  • Teacups by Ali Herbert
  • Teacups by Ali Herbert