RAMP Roop and Al Make Pots
RAMP Â (Roop & Al Make Pots) is a creative collaboration between Rupert Johnstone & Alice Hartford. We make functional and decorative Earthenware and Porcelain studio ceramics. We met at Edinburgh College of Art in the late 1990's and began working together in 2001 at Cockpit Arts in Deptford, London. In 2004 we moved to Devon, initially to a studio at the Beaford Arts Centre and then to our house and workshop in Silverton. In 2018, we moved to a new purpose-built studio outside the village where we make our pots and run courses. All the pots are wheel thrown by Roop and decorated by Alice. Her inspiration comes from the natural world and, in turn, this is abstracted into various patterns and motifs found on the pots. Alice mostly uses coloured slips to paint with and these are built up in layers using different brushstrokes when the pots are still wet. This allows for a certain fluidity and a sense of movement within the designs. She likes to treat all the pots individually, working on them like drawings..