I have been engaged with clay since I made my first pot in 1970. Most of my work is thrown and I have a particular passion for pots/vessels. I believe pots have a very deep connection with us humans, a connection that stretches back into our prehistory. I see pots as sculpture that can serve as objects of reflection rather that utility and removed from concerns of function or artistic expression.
My present work is comprised mainly of traditional slip ware and I also make some stoneware pieces influenced by the pottery associated with the Japanese tea ceremony. The work is fired in wood burning kilns where the naked flame can often give serendipitous gifts.
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I set up my studio at 113 Green Rd Carlow in 1970. Since I earned my living as a teacher of English at Carlow Vocational School I describe myself as ‘a committed amateur’. I took a B.A (Hons) degree in Ceramic Design at the Glasgow School of Art in 2009.
Exhibitions/Awards include –
National Craft Exhibition RDS Dublin
Ceramics Ireland Exhibition Farmleigh Dublin
Eigse Carlow Arts Festival Carlow
Out of the Blue, Atrium Gallery Glasgow Scotland.
Craft Potters Society of Ireland Exhibition ‘Irish Potters’ Paris, France
Masterworks, Siamsa Tire, Tralee, Kerry.
Winner (Functional Pottery) RDS Craft Competition 1999
Winner Ladbroke Award, Eigse Ceatharlach.