1938 - 2015

Alice Palser

As Cecily Alice Luck, she was born at Kitalein, Kenya on 10 November 1938. Educated at Loreto Convent Msongari, Nairobi and in 1957 travelled to England to study at Hornsey College of Art, her fees and allowances covered by an aunt Gilly, one of her mother's two sisters who was a head teacher and full of encouragement and, after five years at Hornsey, she entered the Slade School of Fine Art. She married in 1959, Richard C. W. Palser, whom she met at Hornsey College, and worked under the name of Alice Palser. Her son Richard was born in 1963, half-way through Alice's art course, but she managed to complete the course. From Slade she went on to teach at a secondary school in Victoria, London and then at a grammar school in Hertfordshire. Alice had a year off to have her daughter, Elissa Eva in 1967 and afterwards was a teacher in junior schools. She obtained a position in charge of the art department at a new school in Hertfordshire where there was a space for clay work, when she took up the teaching of pottery and, after three years, took a teacher-training course in pottery in London. Alice began selling her creations at Hemel Hempstead market and had an exhibition at the arts centre in the Town Hall. Having separated from her husband, in 1982 she came to Suffolk and purchased 1 Mill Cottage, The Hills, Uggeshall near Beccles and had plans drawn up for a studio and where she remained until about 2004, when she moved to 1 Loampit Lane, Halesworth, Suffolk. About 1984, Alice was one of the founders of CraftCo, a shop and gallery in Southwold High Street, run as a co-operative by craftsmen and women who exhibit and sell their own work. She took her art inspiration from her childhood upbringing in Africa and art and mythology from around the world and the nature surrounding her Halesworth home. Alice Palser created figurative sculpture in the form of free standing figures, wall mounted faces and fountains, created in clay by Alice and then cast in resin, these sculptures are individually finished in bronze, iron and natural finishes. Ranging from 18 inches to 5 feet in height, these decorative figures can be placed indoors or out, impervious to frost. Alice also created a range of individual watercolours and oil paintings and has exhibited widely in the U.K and Europe. Alice moved to Wales, sharing home with her daughter Elissa Palser, with a studio in a converted barn. Alice died in Wales on 16 February 2015 and a memorial was held at The Cut, 8 New Cut, Halesworth on 20 July 2015.

Works by This Artist