"I make sculptural vessels developed from the landscape, from very specific sea shores, gardens and city streets that hold significance for me. I use different ways of capturing and interpreting these places, by photographing directly onto the surface, by imprinting, by piercing the form with objects, or by growing seeds within the clay. The clay is often pushed to the point of destruction, making the work extremely fragile but revealing its inherent resilience. Through my work I try to convey the layering of marks - physical and emotional, natural and unnatural, ancient, fresh, accidental or purposely inflicted, on places and people."
Written by Deirdre Hawthorne
Deirdre Hawthorne lives and works near Strangford, County Down, Northern Ireland.