"I’m inspired by British maritime history and 20th-century art, and the paintings of Alfred Wallis are a big influence."

There is a definite Alfred Wallis feel to the sgraffito pieces created by Anne Barrell featuring merchant ships, sailing boats, fishing trawlers and all things to do with the sea and coast. Rum cups, pedestal bowls, paltters, and jugs have hand-painted boats and ships traversing stormy seas or sheltering in tree-lined harbours. As each piece is hand-made and painted, they all have their own unique character.

The ceramics are made from red earthenware clay thrown on the potter's wheel, and hand built from slabs, and then painted with a layer of white liquid clay known as slip. Images are scratched through the white layer revealing the red clay beneath.​


Anne attended art classes in New York and then returned to Britain to do a degree at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Anne then had a studio at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, London before moving to Eastbourne in 2004. She has exhibited at various shows in London and around England and work has been commissioned to sell at The Jerwood Gallery; Emma Mason British Prints; Towner and Dulwich Picture Gallery. She is a Member of The Sussex Guild.

Press features include, amongst others:

The Guardian Weekend



Elle Decoration



Anne Barrell lives in East Sussex where she works from her studio. Her work is being shown in St Ives, and in Cornwall for the first time.