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Address:  Clocktower Studios, 111 Beaumont Street, Hamilton
Hours: by appointment
Property Donor: Newcastle City Council
Launched: 8 August 2014

For the last two and a half years I have grown as an artist and businesswoman as a result of my retail space in The Emporium. In addition to the physical space, Renew has also supported me through a series of grants and workshops that has refined my skill sets as well as enabled me to better promote my business.
Following the closure of The Emporium, Potteryali has relocated to The Clocktower Studio in Hamilton.  There, in addition to continuing my own ceramic work, I hope to return to my roots as an educator and conduct ceramic workshops and tutorials to students of all ages. I welcome both residential and corporate commissions and will also be investigating retail outlets for my work. Stay tuned as plans for the next chapter unfold!

Ali Sobel-Read
m: 0475 612 436
e: [email protected]

Who are you?
I am Alison Sobel-Read, a ceramic artist. In 2014 my husband accepted a position teaching Law at the University of Newcastle and so my family and I permanently relocated here from North Carolina in the USA. There, for a decade, I ran and operated my own ceramics business. Upon my arrival in Newcastle, I opened a pottery shop —  “potteryali” — in The Emporium on Hunter Street. Since its recent closure, I will continue my ceramic work from a studio environment.

What do you do?
My work – consistently geometric and contemporary in nature – spans the spectrum from jewellery to architectural tiles. I use pattern, texture and images to communicate with the viewer and engage in a dialogue. Since my arrival in Newcastle I have sought to highlight my new adopted home through industrial screenprints and whimsical stamps. I will also be putting my Masters degree in teaching to good use as I organise ceramic workshops and classes from my new studio space.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
Living in New York City for a decade gave me an understanding of the importance of urban renewal and I am excited to be a part of Newcastle’s efforts to revitalise its CBD. I was fortunate to be a part of Renew’s largest retail space for two and a half years and continue to participate in this renewal from my new studio space in Hamilton.

What are you doing in your new space?
My space doubles as a studio and teaching space. In my gallery area, students can see my hand-crafted tiles, jewellery and homewares and then learn how to make their own. Likewise, corporate and residential clients can visit this space to make selections for colour palates, textures and prints.

Tell us about the space.
My studio space is owned by the Newcastle City Council and was a former office building. I’ve converted a lovely light-filled area to be my workspace and I have with me all the tools I need to create, including a slab roller for clay. There is also a fabulous area for teaching classes in a large window lined nook and ample space for students to gather and have afternoon tea following classes.