After fifteen years in the world of advertising, in the year 2000, Allison went back to college to retrain as a ceramic designer/maker. She went to Camberwell College of Art where she took first class honours in Visual Arts specialising in Ceramics.
She then set up a studio at Cockpit Arts in Deptford where she has been based ever since. Since her teens she has had an interest in both photography and ceramics and much of her work now combines the two. While loving colour she often uses photographic images in black and white which are reminiscent of 50s style high contrast photographs. She delights in pattern, particularly the convergence and crossing of lines, and patterns formed by repetition – for example looking up or down a staircase that accesses several floors.
Her work is often quite graphic, and she has a particular fondness for the graphic qualities of fifties fabrics especially those of Lucienne Day with their blocks of colour and linear patterns.