-Catherine Keenan creates sculptural blown glass forms that explore the potential of colour and pattern to uplift. She finds inspiration through the process of making:
‘Glass blowing is such an immediate process, it requires great dexterity and swift, confident gestures to create sublime forms. A major draw to the medium is the great breadth of different techniques, the high level of skill needed to refine these techniques and the seemingly endless possibility for new creations.’
Her work has recently become part of the permanent collections of the Ulster Museum, the National Museums of Ireland and the Crafts Council of Ireland.
-Deirdre Hawthorne makes one-off sculptural vessels, made of paper-thin earthenware and porcelain.
“My imagery and voice are rooted in the Irish landscape, in specific places that hold a charge for me - shores, townlands, houses and gardens and city streets.
The forms of the vessels are simple but the clay is deeply marked by rolling in plants or fabric, imprinting slip or by piercing with pins, sticks and staples.”
She has exhibited at Galerie Besson and Barrett Marsden London and in galleries throughout the UK. Her work has been shown at SOFA New York and Chicago and is owned by private collectors in the UK, US and Europe.
Deirdre, alongside Martin Donnelly, will be leading a discussion on the creative arts entitle 'Landscapes of the Interior' at Flowerfield Arts Centre on 18th August.
-Stephen Farnan makes slipware pots. He finds the process “ As a way to decorate, to entertain, a way to mark an occasion, express thoughts and desires in ceramics it literally has all the ingredients.” The Benburb based potter exhibits regularly in the Uk, Ireland and the USA.