Alistair Brookes Raku Sculptures

For 2018 The Old School is extremely chuffed to welcome the work of Alistair Brookes into our deminutive gallery in upper Swaledale. Each piece is hand made, so individual and original. Each is a stunning work of art. Alistair’s passion for both his craft and his subjects, and the care he puts into each sculpture, become embedded into the clay as he works, and just oozes out of each finished piece.

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Shepherds | Alistair Brookes

In Alistair’s words …

“Clay artefacts are embedded in all our cultures and continue to endure the ravages of time. Contributing in some small way I try to depict life and time in the Dales. Raku pottery is my preferred method of working as it seems to breath some kind of life into the clay, it is serendipty but then that’s half the fun of it.”

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Men on a Girder | Alistair Brookes
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Men on a Girder (admiring a Peter Brook) | Alistair Brookes
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Lead miner, Heading to the Mine | Alistair Brookes
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Mining Incident | Alistair Brookes

Farming and lead mining are synonymous with upper Swaledale, so it feels like Alistair’s work belongs in our gallery in Muker. New York sky scrapers we don’t have, but we can admire from afar:)

Richard & Polly