Alyosha was brought up in Japan and moved to the UK aged 13. He read History at Cambridge before discovering stone carving and has been carving ever since.
The process of carving stone is like a kind of active dreaming. The material has a density, an unforgiving nature and sense of permanence, but the work I do is about trying to convey an idea of transformation, of fragility and lightness.
These themes inform all of Alyosha’s work and his current interests centre on a group of pieces in English slates, exploring organic shapes and patterns. These pieces draw on ancient Japanese pottery and Alyosha’s own memories of the pottery village where he grew up over 30 years ago. The slate is first roughed out with a riving tool and then cut further and ground back with an angle grinder to remove the “waste”. The pieces are then polished and the patterns cut gently with hammer and chisel.