Wales, UK

07500163901

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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.

MY STORY

Awards

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

07500163901

Wales, UK

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