This piece was made for the Royal Ulster Academy exhibition in the Ulster Museum, Belfast and purchased by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
In this piece most of my colours are mixed by hand, using stains and oxides, to give bright and vibrant colours, others are decorated with a mixture of beautiful glazes. There are often three or four layers of colour and pattern on a single surface. Some of the pieces are also illustrated with tiny representations of memories and places in Northern Ireland that are special to me.
My work is about expressing memory, but also aims to provoke memories within the viewer. This selection of work is inspired by the places where I have grown up and the magical memories, feelings and atmospheres created there.
Many of my earliest memories are of family holidays to the idyllic lakes of Lough Erne and for as long as I can remember they have inspired me. The colours and patterns that I find in the countryside as well as the shapes and structure of Belfast city are an endless source of inspiration. These places are reflected in the bright and colourful tones that I use in my work.