Some of her work

In 1906, Alice married Morris Meredith Williams and went to live with him in Edinburgh, She designed stained glass windows and made small sculptures and overmantels for domestic settings. She exhibited regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Academy and at the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, in London.

Baby Bacchus, 1913/14. Plaster.
The Christ Child, c1906. Low relief, coloured plaster in a wooden frame

She continued to send work to exhibitions during the First World War (while Morris was with the army in France) but there was little new work until 1918, when she was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to make a series of plaster models illustrating women’s war work. These led to an invitation from the architect, Sir Robert Lorimer to collaborate with him on a war memorial for Queenstown (now Komani) in South Africa. It was her first large-scale public work and was followed by the commissions for Paisley and the Scottish National War Memorial.

During the 1920s, alone and with Morris, Alice designed stained glass windows and figures of saints and angels for the pulpits, altars, corbels and organ cases of more than a dozen churches in Britain, and also in Hamilton, Bermuda and Long Island, New York. In 1928, she was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and in 2020 she is featured in the Royal Society of Sculptors’ Re-introducing Our Pioneering Women project.

Detail of Alice’s reredos for the church of St James the Less, Penicuik, 1921