Alison was born in Dublin in 1953. She studied at Dun Laoghaire college of Art and Design. She lives and works in Dublin. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and was selected to show at the Irish Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 and Ceramics Art London 2013.
She has exhibited with the Irish Ceramic Awards, Ceramics Ireland and the DCC0I. She has been selected for the Royal Hibernian annual exhibitions 2007-2014. She won the Irish ceramic award in 2008 and the Peter Brennan Pioneering award in 2012.
Her work is in many private and public collections including the National Museum of Ireland, the OPW, the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council.
Aerodynamic shapes, plant forms and architecture are all sources of inspiration. The pieces are coil and slab built using white clay. Layers of coloured Terra Sigillata are applied and then buffed to a shine. After the firing process, mesh patterns are applied to the surface and then the piece is smoke fired. Through these processes, the aim is to create forms that are contemporary while showing references to the past.