Alex de Vos
Alex has a strong interest in medieval history which is reflected in his functional pottery.
Alex de Vos is a long-time member and teacher at Canberra Potters. After completing an Associate Diploma in Visual Arts in Ceramics at the Canberra School of Art in 1987, he started as a children’s teacher with the Canberra Potters Society in 1988. He has held various positions within the society since then.
Alex has a strong interest in medieval history, which is reflected in the forms and decorative techniques that he employs in his work. He uses sgraffito to decorate forms based on Byzantine pottery, although he uses ‘nontraditional’ stoneware clays for their strength, a result of working in Canada for a year. The other main technique that he uses is salt-firing where a glaze is formed by adding salt to a kiln at high (stoneware) temperatures. His liking for fantasy creatures is also reflected in the dragons and gargoyles that frequently form decorative or design elements of his work.