Saturday, April 22, 2017

Untitled, Figure (New Sculpture)

I found this piece of wood a few weeks ago on the beach. I thought it was beautiful and really interesting, and new instantly what I wanted to do with it. 
It took a bit of searching but I found a silicone mold of a woman's face online, When it arrived I found it a lot smaller than I anticipated as I wanted it for another piece of wood I have, luckily it is the perfect match for this piece.
I took part in a porcelain master class with Ursula Burke a couple of weeks ago in hopes to use the mold for the slip casting process, of course I discovered you cant use silicon molds for slip casting, but I kept going and stuck with it. I used polymer clay and also regular clay to make press molds of the face. I have yet to fire the clay molds but as you can see in this new sculpture the polymer clay has worked quit well.
For this sculpture I used simple tools, my pen knife (in bad need of a sharpen), sand paper, and a lino cutter. I gouged out the space for the face, making the hole bigger so it rests nicely in the wood cavity. The bottom half of the figure has had little done to it. a bit of a clean up, removing shells and  cleaning up the folds in the wood, I then painted it gold.
The whole piece has been sanded and waxed with bee wax.
This is a continuation of the project, Sacred Feminine 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Porcelain Masterclass with Ursula Burke

Today I took part in a porcelain slip casting class with artist Ursula Burke. An enjoyable day of making funny little objects from the various casts of everyday items provided for the class. This is a process I would definitely like to pursue; I have done some basic casting in college for my degree show, but I was hoping we would learn to make or own casts today but perhaps on a later date there will be another class, or most likely I will have to do some serious googling on how to do it myself.
Hopefully there will be more classes of this calibre in Limerick, a great way for artists to meet up and get out of their rut. Some photos from today are below. Hopefully in the next week or two I will have the finished pieces fired and ready to go. I can't wait to see what the black porcelain looks like.
 As per usual my pieces are rough and messy.

The mystery old, black porcelain slip and the various tools.

My lovely little ol' mould full of slip

A bar of soap. My mystery mould was a bar of soap... I moved on.

Ursula Burke demonstrating, and everyone else pouring the slip into the moulds.

Next mould, a heart, a bit more interesting..

My two finished pieces. Unfortuently the moulds started to disintegrate so I couldn't add more to the piece on the left, i was thinking an orange or a lemon..

Saturday, March 11, 2017


The latest canine commission done for a lovely lady at work for her husbands birthday. 
Gouache and ink on A4 board.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Works on Paper; Solo exhibition at the Adare Heritage Centre

For the past few months I have been working on new work for an exhibition at the restaurant where I work, the Dovecot restaurant in the Adare Heritage Centre.
 This is a stepping stone exhibition after the long hiatus after college, a chance for me to stretch my wings and test the waters, so to speak. 
There are 28 works in all made over the past few years, but over half have been created over the past couple of months; a collection of different prints and drawings. You can see most of the work in previous posts on this blog.
This was a good exercise, and now that I have done it I want to do more, lets hope this is one of many exhibitions to come.
I hope you can pop in for a look over the month of February

Sunday, January 22, 2017

I Am Woman

I decided to air out an old screen print I did back in college, well it was my first attempt in screen printing. I have given it a bit of a makeover in photoshop, but ideally I would like to redo the whole piece as a new screen printed edition.
It just seemed appropriate in its little way with what is going on in the world at the moment.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


'Duality,' hand coloured drypoint on 23.5 x 22 cm Fabiano, edition of nine.

Original sketch from sketchbook

Rob and Mac

'Must love cats..'

Here is the final edition of a photo etching I did awhile back. It is of an old, small photo of my Great Uncle Robert and a cat call Mac. 
Hand signed Edition of 10 on Fabiano, approximately 29 x 22.5 cm

'Rob & Mac.'