Gary Byrne

'Rivers Edge'

As a Ceramic Artist, my approach to the Context Brief was influenced by the relationship between the River Shannon and Limerick city, where these two entities meet “The Edge” became my research area.

Mud larking on Clancy strand, brought some beautiful finds of broken ceramics and other objects, wild clay, harvested from Lough Derg, on the River Shannon became an integral part of my final piece.

Constructing and de-constructing the thrown forms, for me, brought to mind the power of the River Shannon and how water in a river context has the power to destroy and renew at the same time, a force of nature that has no ego nor does it have an agenda, it is just nature at its most beautiful.


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