Alistair studied ceramics at Bath Academy of Art and set up his first pottery studio in Gloucestershire in 1978, producing thrown reduction fired stoneware for a range of companies. While continuing with his own making he later took on the running of the studio ceramics department at The Royal Forest of Dean College and instigating a series of potters conferences.
An interest in soda glazing then led on to a period of making individual salt glazed pieces which were exhibited through galleries and potters fairs. During this time Alistair researched and produced a limited edition range for Royal Doulton and pieces for Asprey. He wrote ‘Setting up a Pottery Workshop’ for A&C Black and has appeared in publications including articles for Ceramic Review and Firing Kilns by Benedict Brierley. He is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association.
Currently, Alistair is developing some new work at his studio in Cheltenham. His pots range from large vessels to smaller functional wares using both red and white stoneware clays. Each piece is thrown on the wheel using throwing ribs to refine the surface. Sometimes the pot is altered by pressing or denting and making marks emphasised with pigments.