On graduating from Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland with a B.A. in Ceramic Design in 1999, I established a studio practice in Co Kildare, creating bespoke ceramic artworks, using the quality of clay to capture mood and sensitivity.
I chase the ghosts that remain in the built environment when the dwellers have moved on, what the anthropologist Melanie van der Hoorn called ‘buildings that speak’. The Mantel piece, the sacred heart lamp, the once new carpet and faded wedding picture. ‘The oldest body remembers the youngest physical encounter’. I reflect on how the rural towns again empty as young folk move from Leinster Street to Houston Street, from the People’s Park to Central Park. These are personal revelations telling universal stories through my beloved medium of clay
My work has been sold in outlets throughout Ireland and has been used as presentation pieces for:
• The Designyard, Nassau St, Dublin 2
• The former Chilean Ambassador to Ireland Alberto Yoacham Soffia
• The Edmund Rice Trust
• Dublin City Council
• The Department of Foreign Affairs
• The Royal College of Surgeons
• The former President of Ireland Mary Mc Aleese
My work is featured in Irish Ceramics edition 2015, Centenary 1916-2016 by Ronan McGreevy and many more.
My blog is www.theartfulmug.com