Camber Vessel, 2018

Sara Flynn


Concentrating on the challenges of thrown forms which are then altered and
changed at varying stages of the drying process, I produce sculptural
decorative vessels. ‘Closed’ abstract forms are also explored through the production of limited edition cast bronze objects. In essence, the major concerns that my work deals with are a love of form, line and volume expressed through the qualities and scope of my chosen materials. 

I have an on-going relationship with porcelain, and for now it is still my
clay of choice. Of great importance is the potential of new and exciting
edges, contours and shapes which can be explored through an understanding of
material qualities and increasing skill.

Surface quality is also critical. I research extensively to find the best
glaze for the form or vice-versa. Patination of the cast forms is carefully
considered to accentuate the form and speak of the material.

Having begun my career producing small-scale functional pots, as my skill
has increased I have moved entirely into making one-off forms which are
purely sculptural in their intent. Currently the main elements feeding the development of the work are process and finish coupled with constant exploration and a deepening understanding of form, volume and silhouette. Sympathy with my materials is a crucial aspect feeding how I work and what I make.

Another important aspect of my thinking and development of ideas involves
‘play’. Experimenting. Trying things out which often initially don’t work.
This uninhibited part of my making-cycle involves risk-taking, failure and
critical understanding.  It is fundamental to my way of understanding and to
resolving ideas. 

Sara graduated from Crawford College of Art in Design, Cork in 1998. She is based in Belfast.

Porcelain, 25 cm high

Year purchased: 2018

Location: What’s in Store?

Image by Stuart Burford, courtesy of Erskine Hall & Coe, London, UK
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