Allison Newsome’s detailed and intricate sculptures and ceramic reliefs address issues of the environment and how humans interact with it. Locations where she has resided such as the redwood forests in her native Northern California, Mexico and Prudence Island at Narragansett Bay have been sources of inspiration for her sculptural art. Her works all reflect an intimate connection with the elements. Clay-Ojai-Harvest, Shell Tree Gotto, Clay-Woman-Digging-Steamers typically traverse her ongoing themes of sustenance and the wilderness. Her body of work has explored the fundamental, utilitarian, methods implemented on our land and water and how our landscape and human psyche have changed from the wilderness to the agrarian, into the industrial / post industrial. Highly textural pieces combine with earthy palettes and splashes of colour to express her unique narrative. In addition to clay she also utilises other natural elements such as branches, shells, and flowers to create ephemeral sculptures.
Alison Newsome’s ceramic sculptures are in the permanent collections of The RISD Museum, the Newport Art Museum, Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, and The Beatrice Wood Museum. Her artist residency at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, California resulted in a strong body of work and a video http://www.beatricewood.com/allisonnewsome/newsome_video.html
Allison Newsome received a MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Chico State University.
Shell figure in a grotto
runnels and rivers
Bronze Woman Mining – Allison Newsome
Allison Newsome sculpture
Well shaft cups sculpture
Shell Tree Grotto
( The Cove installation )
Post Pre-Pottery Figurine Workshop – Thursday – Sunday, October 24 – 27, 2013
The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
Tel: 805-646-3381 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neolithic pre-pottery figurines (5,000.00-3,000.00 BC) as a metaphor and point of departure for clay sculpture.
Ojai Orange Pants collection
Pink Blossom Branches
Shell tree in the grotto
( On Island exhibition )
Factory Garden Folly
Clay Salt Marsh with Reclining figure
( Agrarian series )
Clay Orange Skirt
Clay Ojai Harvest
( Agrarian series )
Clay Nun Buoy with Pelican
( Aquatic series )
Clay Mid Channel Buoy
Clay Lighted Bell Buoys in progress
Apple blossom branch skirt
As in nature Allison pushes the extremes of her materials. Her combination of glazes heightens the drama and lustre of each work, giving life and motion to the sculpture.
The Harvard Amphora and the Figure workshop was a multi-disciplinary collaboration with University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center and included Amphorae research from Black Sea Byzantine shipwreck discoveries. The Amphora shape has long been associated with the human figure as it not only contains fluids, but makes figurative reference to the foot of the pot, the shoulder, the neck, and other aspects of the body.
Sculpture from The Cove series
Water, rocks, clay and corn
Images of corn feature in Allisons sculptures. ( a universal symbol of connection to the Earth and ruled by the Earth Element – you can smell the earthiness in fresh corn )
Still of Three
Allison at bronze factory – Strassacker, France
Balance of Water – during construction
Narra of the Narragansett – 2011
( Bronze sculpture )
Garbage Patch Gyre Murale – 2013
Ceramic mural by Allison Newsome
Allison Newsome – Pastoral
Transport Amphora Commodities-2013 by Allison Newsome
-19th Century Neoclassical Sculpture-
Allison Newsome zoomorphic 2 workshop, Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Ojai, California
Sculpture Embraces Horticulture
Biomimicry ceramic raincatcher – exploring biomimicry with a series of three rain-cistern sculptures whose ceramic leaf shapes will assist in their collection and storage of water.
Ceramic Leaves – Biomimicry Raincatcher
Allison Newsome Biomimicry rain cistern sculpture
Raincatcher sculpture – Allison Newsome
Allison Newsome – Yellow flower ring raincatcher
Yellow Flower Raincatcher – Alison Newsome
Blithewold Mansion Gardens and Arboretum – Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
Lion Balustrades – Alison Newson
To be installed at the Audrain Museum, Rhode Island, Newport
Bronze sculpture for Heart Health group – Allison Newsome