NEILL CURRAN CERAMICS
I am an Irish-born ceramic artist, currently resident and working from my studio in beautiful Carmarthen (south west Wales).
The potter’s wheel is the starting point for my practice. My thrown forms create a three-dimensional ‘canvas’ to show the colour and texture of glaze splashes that accentuate the curve of the vessel. The carbonisation of combustible material sits deep within the walls of the pot, thus marrying the form with the surface. I fire my pots exclusively in the western style of the 16th century Japanese firing technique known as Raku - a type of pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies.
The elegant forms show a variation of colours that are controlled by the atmospheric conditions in the firing process; this is comparable to the earth’s different layers in its atmosphere that, for instance, create the beautiful spectrum of colour in the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
When working in black and white, I have used atmospheric storms as a starting point for a series of pieces. The curve and lines of the vessel contain harsh elements and bring a sense of calm that is comparable to ‘The Eye of the Storm’.
The inspiration for my work comes more from the firing process than anything else; to open a kiln after a firing is to be 5 years old again, running down stairs on Christmas morning! The raku firing process can be cruel or kind. It is a mix of creativeness and spontaneity that I try to control through the absorption of smoke into the vessel, by using different methods of resist. With each piece, I want to instil in the viewer a desire to hold the work, to investigate and explore its shape and surface quality. There is an understanding gained in each firing of what can be controlled and achieved, and what lies in the turbulent power and burning velocity of the flames.
2015 Accepted into ‘The Makers Guild of Wales’
2014 ‘Bevere Gallery’ UK Graduate Show, Winner
2014 King Street Gallery Graduate Show, Winner
2013 Graduate 2, Best graduate work in Wales (only potter selected)
2013 Carmarthen School of Art, Dave Clarke Award
Currently on show
Bath Contemporary Gallery, Bath
Erwood Station, Llandeilo Graban
The Lion Street Gallery, Hay on Wye
King Street Gallery, Carmarthen
The White Lion Street Gallery, Tenby
Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
Bevere Gallery, Worchester
Oriel Mimosa Gallery, Llandeilo
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Art in Clay, Hatfield House 2017
2015 International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwth
2015 Spike Island, Bristol, Collaboration with Reto Pulfer
2014 Mall Gallery, London
2014 Bevere Gallery, Worchester
2013 New designers, Business Design Centre, London
2013 Waunifor Centre, Carmarthenshire
2013 Waterfront Gallery, Pembrokeshire
Member of the following Organizations
Makers Guild in Wales
Axisweb.org, Professional membership
King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, member