Lyme Regis Potter – Ali Herbert

West Dorset potter Ali Herbert produces ceramic collections for daily use  and limited editions of different shapes and forms that provide Ali with the opportunity to experiment and work with a new Modernist genre of vessels . All of the ceramics work offered from Ali is handmade and trimmed on the potters wheel and is labour intensive. These are quiet forms that emphasise calm, simplicity, refinement and order.

Yunomi foot detailAli chooses materials and glazes that emphasise the tactility of clay,  she prefers to work with traditional blends of French clay and Cornish clay from St Agnes.  Some clay is peppered with tiny nuggets of Iron Pyrites, and has high iron content. The pots are glaze fired in a Gas Reduction kiln to produce stoneware with an earthy palette, freckled with iron spots and rich with colour.  Each one bearing the mark of its maker and the firing process with subtle variation in form, colour and texture. Please note that no two pieces are exactly the same – as alike as twins but always unique as themselves.

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Ali has just released this beautiful collection from the latest firing.

Latest Event


Ali will be at Wonderland   Friday 30 November – Sunday 2 December, 10am-4pm

Wonderland - Dartington Christmas Makers Market Dartington Christmas Makers Market

Wonderland. Where you get to meet over 60 of the best makers in the South West. A place to stop, eat, drink, shop, play, make dance, sing, listen and enjoy.

Expect fire, expect fun, expect desire. Make your own gifts with your favourite makers. Don’t miss Dark Poetry, Romany band, Nordic and Baltic choir, Santa Frau, Kids Create Workshops and the tiniest Gin Palace in the World.

Plus: Studio 45 pottery | Dartington Printmakers ‘Off the Peg’ show | Bookbinding | Sculptworks | Shippon Open Studios | Dartington Food Hall