It was during the languid days of lockdown when Alma Berrow first burst on to the art scene with her arresting and intricate ceramic sculptures of everyday items – overflowing ashtrays, moldy fruit, crossword puzzles – which are as playful as they are thought-provoking.
She’s since created bespoke pieces for the likes of Liberty, had work sold by Sotheby’s, and exhibited around the world – with upcoming shows in Jersey and London. We called into her studio to fire her a few questions…
Quote to live by
‘By 40 everyone has the face they deserve’ – George Orwell.
Would have to be the V&A, since I was a child I have found it enchanting. It has an incredible permanent collection and the top floor is filled with all the ceramics you could dream of seeing. Very much worth a wander.
Book that shaped you
There are a couple of books which will forever hold a place from me: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm, and The Tale Of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter.
Accent/language that turns you on
Irish till I die.
Negroni or a dirty martini – I couldn’t possibly pick.
The Cow in Wetsbourne Grove’s chicken kiev.
Worst holiday hangover
Architecture that awes you
The home of Ricardo Bofill, La Fábrica. It’s like something out of a Studio Ghibli film.
Interiors you envy
Anything designed by François-Xavier Lalanne.
Homewares you hunt while travelling
A good fridge magnet.
Go-to spa treatment
Mani. My hands are always in a mess from the studio.
How do you unwind?
Red wine and cooking dinner for my friends.
Most regrettable holiday purchase
Hmm, I think one should never regret a thing (I’m sure there’s a thing or two I’ve blocked from my memory though).
Your must-pack outfit
I have a beautiful floppy two-piece suit from Portobello vintage market. It comes everywhere with me.
Most stylish place
City you’d move to
Right now Mexico City is pretty high up on my list, but I feel like if and when I make it to Tokyo it’s going to steal my heart.
Best place you’ve ever swum
I grew up swimming with my family in a little secret rocky area just over from Cala Deià, Mallorca. It will always hold a special place for me.
Best beach you’ve ever found
Couldn’t possibly tell but it’s in Dorset…
It’s not a holiday without…
A negroni at sunset with your feet in the sea
Tortellini with ketchup and cheddar cheese (don’t judge).
@account to follow
@medievalmarginalia and @willyparty.
Pool or ocean
Ocean pool. I just swam in a great one in Mexico.
Define love in three words
All you need.
Define sex in three words
All you want.
Alma was shot at her studio in north-west London by Michaela Watkinson. Her work appears as part of the London Calling group exhibition at the Unit gallery in Mayfair from 23 May to 17 June.