Millennium Court Arts Centre is delighted to present Ontogeny, an exhibition of new ceramic vessels by Sara Flynn. Flynn’s work concentrates on the challenges of thrown forms, which are then altered and changed at varying stages of the drying process, producing Sculptural Decorative Vessels. In essence, the work deals with a love for the process of throwing, an on-going relationship with porcelain and a fascination with the theme of the vessel, in both literal and abstracted interpretations.
Having begun her career producing small-scale functional pots, she has moved entirely into making one-off vessels, which are purely sculptural in their intent. Increasingly the main elements feeding the development of the work are Process and Finish; coupled with constant exploration and a deepening understanding of Form and Volume.
"My making-environment offers the solitude of a private, quiet studio which offers a space for great focus: and allows me to ‘play’. This risk-taking (making pieces which are exploring something new but are in themselves unsuccessful aesthetic objects) is fundamental to my practice. Without this research stage the new, exciting and successful pieces could not result. It is a labour of love and admitted-obsession.”
About the artist: Flynn trained in ceramic design at Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland and established her own studio in Kinsale in 2000, and then in Leap, West Cork in 2006. She currently divides her time between West Cork and Belfast. Her work has to date focused exclusively on thrown and altered porcelain. All work is fired in a gas kiln (reduction) to between 1240 -1280° centigrade, offering a variety of colours and finishes ranging from complex blacks, warm and vibrant yellows to cool and subtle celadon-greens and whites.