Public Commissions

A big part of my work is working on site specific projects. Designs can be fired with fuel collected from a particular place or pieces made from materials gathered from a particular location to reflect the ethos or nature for a particular institution.

Do get in touch if you are looking for a one off piece for your company or corporate items to reflect your ethos or home place. Here are some of the collaborations I have completed:-

HomePlace

In September 2017, HomePLace opened.

This is a new interactive exhibition space and theatre  to celebrate the life and works of the Nobel Prize Winner Seamus Heaney.

My work has taken inspiration and materials from the irish bog land to create my Bogland Ware. 

Seamus Heaney's poetry dealing with this environment, its history and human connections have also influenced my making.

I was asked to create a lectern for the Helicon Theatre.

It is made with oak, echoing the great ancient oak forests which emerge from the bog, preserved as "bog oak". The lectern's form is reminiscent of the portal graves that are dotted around  the landscape.

Each ceramic panel is made with local clay, combined with grass and rushes collected from the bog. Carved and finished with willow ash glaze, the panels represent the turf face pattern created through turf cutting.

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Seamus Heaney
Marie Heaney

Marie Heaney

Ards and North Down Borough Council

 

Working with the Ards Business Signal Centre, I won a tender to make awards for their chefs. The theme was local produce so my design took materials from field to sea. A scroll was created using  textures and materials from these locations. They were finished with local clay slips and ash glazes.

Patricia Millar Ards & North Down Counci
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 National Trust

Since 2018, I have been exclusively making work for Mount Stewart on Strangford Lough.

This beautiful estate has evidence of human activity dating back to the Bronze Age. 

Using organics from the many gardens, I pit fired bowls for their gift shop. These bowls are marked with the colours unique to Mount Stewart and are a special piece to remember your visit.

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