The whimsical and charismatic ceramics of Alison Smiles playfully combine the useful and the sculptural. Smiles paints, scribbles and scratches her hybrid creatures into existence, discovering their personalities as they emerge. After graduating from the University of South Australia in 2011 Smiles received an Arts SA funded mentorship with Melbourne based ceramicist Vipoo Srivilasa. The following year she became an associate at the JamFactory where she met the co-founders of her current studio and retail space 6 Hands Studio. Smiles and friends now create and sell their work at 6 Hands located on Rosetta St in West Croydon. In 2015 Srivilasa and Smiles travelled to Korea and spent 5 weeks participating in a mentorship and cultural exchange program, culminating in the exhibition “Beyond Limitations” shown at the Clayarch Museum in Gimhae. Smiles' artwork can be found in public and private collections locally and internationally.