Alison Coaten is a British artist, living and working in Lincolnshire. After graduating from Loughborough College of Art and Design in 1994 with a first in Fine Art Sculpture, Alison moved away from mixed media and returned to clay, preferring its immediacy and flexibility. Today, she hand builds in stoneware, coiling and sculpting, and uses a limited palette of matt white crackle glaze, gold lustre and occasionally ceramic decals reproduced from her drawings. Each piece has several layers of slip and glaze with areas left bare, creating pits and surface texture. Indian ink is then used to define the crackle. Her recent work includes the use of glass eyes, blown or hand painted, often intended for taxidermy.
Coaten is fascinated by the human desire to make sense of existence through religion, myth and folklore and its use of art to create concrete images of worship in the forms of icons and idols. Her use of this imagery helps to create a sense of familiarity which is reworked using secular and personal iconography.