I have always been fascinated with nature and the ecology of landscapes. My work reflects my connection with nature, its organisms and processes, and clay offers a way for me to transfer this energy into my work. My local landscapes of the Burren and Connemara are the inspiration for my botanical landscapes – where I attempt to convey the beauty and vibrancy of the natural world in clay.
To create my stoneware wall pieces, I overlay soft stoneware slabs with porcelain slips stained with various colours of ceramic stains, often like watercolour washes. I sometimes use stencils to layer the clay, and then either press carefully chosen plants into the soft clay or incise the clay with a sharp knife. My stoneware wall pieces are usually unglazed and their textural quality conveys some of the essence of landscapes. I also use raku-ceramics (smoke firing) to create dynamic wall pieces and sculptural forms such as birds and other animals.
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