Clare Mahoney

Clare is a ceramic artist with a fascination for the natural world. This passion has remained a strong theme throughout her work. It always has the innate ability to bring her joy, ground her and make her aware that we are more than a sum of our parts. Clare works with surface; breaking up 2D space, abstracting natural forms and fauna to produce images that strive to capture a twisted tendril or fragile leaf. The pieces are wall mounted ceramic sculptures, or tiles for architectural or interior settings. The techniques of printmaking are used to illustrate the designs, creating a feeling of layers and elements collaged together.
Clare loves the medium of clay, its impressionability, sensuality and earthy quality, opening a fresh bag of porcelain never ceases to excite her. The sculptural pieces are hand built, using the process of press mould porcelain. Clare makes casts from found objects and pebbles. Their size is based around the physicality of the hand, that lovely feeling of holding a tactile object in the palm of your hand. 
After completing undergraduate studies at The Glasgow School of Art, Clare developed her knowledge and specialism, completing an MA at Howard Gardens in Cardiff. She studied at the Baltimore Institute in Maryland and worked with potters in Sonoma California.
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