Design and Craft Council of Ireland
Glimpse of a Disappearing Past
"My work is inspired by Celtic mythology and legends. These are the stories that people were telling and passing on to each other while sitting around fires, the impact of storytelling strengthened by the contrast of fire light and the surrounding darkness.
The narrative also had a cleansing effect. A quality today long forgotten, it helped people to address their own conflict by offering solutions, or simply helping to accept life with all of its challenges.
Light is the central focus of my work. I have always been impressed by the visual effect a light can make: A stream of light suddenly breaking through cloudy sky; a sparkle of light on the surface of a lake and on the crest of ocean waves; a twinkle of candle flame; or just the simple glow of an electric bulb. Besides it’s physical character, the light also has metaphorical meaning that attracts me: Light as a beginning; an awakening; the light of a lighthouse guiding us at times of uncertainty.
I want my work to remind those who see it of the ancestral heritage and help them connect with their inner light.
I make lamps and ceramic sculptures as forms to express my concept. I use black stoneware and porcelain and combine them with other materials such as leather, metal wires from copper and iron, in a reference to our ancient heritage."