Invited Artist 2020: Marcus O'Mahony, Ceramicist, Waterford
"I produce expressive functional stoneware and porcelain rooted in the Leach Hamada tradition. I am also greatly inspired by the Irish landscape.
The potter’s wheel is the starting point for my work. I use soft clay to encourage a loose fluid character in the pots. I often alter the pieces on and off the wheel and use thick slips to further develop the surface and encourage a sense of movement.
I have been firing with wood for the past decade. My work has evolved through much experimentation to take advantage of this dramatic and engaging process. Wood firing offers the artist a further range of creative options not normally associated with other firing methods, which increases the sense of connection to the work.
Decisions are made on the placement of the pots in the kiln, length of firing and exposure to heat and ash that can profoundly affect the pieces."
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