In september 2017, HomePLace opened.
This is a new interactive exhibition space and theatre to celebrate the life and works of the Noble 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 which was in place for the opening.
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 design create through turf cutting.
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.