Maria McKinney makes context-responsive work in a variety of media about agriculture, genomics and cattle breeding.
Originally from Cork, Sara Flynn studied Ceramic Design at Crawford College of Art & Design and currently lives and works in Belfast. Concentrating on the challenges of forms thrown on the potter's wheel which are then altered and changed at varying stages of the drying process, she produces sculptural decorative vessels. She also creates 'closed' abstract forms through the production of limited-edition cast bronze objects.
The major concerns that her work deals with are form, line and volume expressed through the qualities of her chosen materials. She has an ongoing relationship with porcelain, and it is currently her clay of choice. Of great importance is the potential of new and exciting edges, contours and shapes which can be explored through an understanding of material qualities coupled, crucially, with technical skill. Surface quality is also critical; she researches extensively to find the best glaze for the form; or vice-versa. The patination of the cast metal is also meticulously considered to accentuate the form and speak of the material.
Sara Flynn applied for a Golden Fleece Award to contribute to the cost of participating in a month-long residency at Sasama in rural Japan, followed by the 3-day ICAF Ceramic Festival. In addition to taking part in the residency and festival, she plans to travel to Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. Work inspired by her trip and made on her return to Ireland will be shown in London with Erskine Hall and Coe in 2020/21.