Next up is locally born and now Illogan based ceramic artist Alastair Heywood.
“2008 marked the end to my five year sentence at Redruth School and having no intention of staying at sixth form for round two Truro College seemed like an oasis in the parched desert. I knew I liked art so there was no question as to whether I’d study it. I had Tristan and Louise for my first year at college and aside from both being hilarious they taught me to paint. To stop drawing what I thought was there and actually see.
A year into my a levels I dropped my subjects and pursued the two year National Diploma in art and design, Bernadette Gaffney, Paul Ziemacki and Robin Dowell were all wonderful tutors and I had the privilege of their frank and measured advice at every turn. However, it is Anne Thomas to whom I owe the most, she introduced me to clay. Glazes, engobes, slab building, throwing, it was all fascinating and the alchemic nature of the subject appealed to me.
Three years of continuous experimentation, a smattering of A/s levels and a triple distinction later I was being offered places from all of the universities to which I’d applied. Well, nearly all (I went to Wimbledon for a painting interview and came away with an offer for sculpture instead. Funny really).
I now have a degree in ceramic design from Central Saint Martins, as well pieces in both private collections and that of the University of the Arts London. I also have a studio in Illogan in which I can be found either up to my eyeballs in clay, quietly drawing, or printmaking.
My brief stint at Truro helped me work out what facets of design truly interested me, and contributed to the confidence that allowed me to apply to the universities that I did. If I were to do it again I’d hope that my experience wasn’t wildly different and that the smell of developer from the darkroom in Mylor still drifts down the hall and masks the gents.”
You can view examples of Alastairs work via his website HERE.