‘Alison Crowther’s sculptures and seats occupy that area of the visual arts which combines practicality with artistic endeavour, traditionally the territory of the artist-craftsman.
It is an area of activity where both creative vigour and a high degree of skill are essential, and Crowther meets both with extraordinary facility.
But there is more: she works ethically, carefully considering the implications that her work and working methods have on the environment.
Choosing exclusively English oak, Crowther sources her timber from woodlands that are managed to the highest standards and which are continually renewed.’
‘Respect for the site is paramount in her commissioned work.
Wherever located, Crowther works to ensure that the pieces are right and fit for their purpose.
Moreover, they are works of art that hold their own in cathedrals, in historic or modern buildings, in city or country and in the natural world where English oaks grow.’
Alison Crowther designs and makes furniture and sculpture from her studio at the foot of the West Sussex Downs.
Since studying at the Royal College of Art, London, she has gained over 20 years experience of exhibiting and working to commission for corporate, public and private clients.
The past few years have seen sculptures going further afield into China, with pieces in Beijing and a luxurious resort hotel near Guangzhou. Closer to home, there have been commissions for collectors such as The Rothschild Foundation and specially designed pieces for the Chelsea Gold Medal winning Laurent-Perrier Garden designed by Arne Maynard.
Quotes from an essay by Ann Elliott, Arts Curator