Where the medium is ceramic, everything has to pass through the fire of the kiln. It may be kind or cruel, generous or destructive. The result can never be predicted. The work is always at the mercy of the elemental energies of earth, water, fire and air. This journey into the unknown is the spiritual core of my art and life.

There is some consolation for potters and ceramic artists in the fact that, once fired, ceramic is almost indestructible. When every trace of our high-tech, electronic civilisation has vanished, and cyberspace is no longer even a memory, when metals have corroded, and plastics have degraded, our potsherds will survive, bearing the mark of the hands that made them, as potsherds have already done for thousands of years.

created : Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 04:11:02
updated : Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 02:01:37

Anthony OBrien

Shivlagh, Bunowen
Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, Ireland