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My name is Orla Culligan. I studied ceramics at Limerick School of Art and Design from 2015 to 2019. I received a BA (Hons) in Ceramic Design and won The Blue Egg Gallery Award for my graduate collection.
After finishing in Limerick I went on a seven month resisdency to Guldagergaard Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark where I worked as a studio assistant. Danish design has always been a love of mine and a big influence in the aesthetic of my work so I was over the moon when I got accepted. During my time in Denmark I met ceramicists from all over the world each one approaching clay from a different angle. It was a fascinating and inspiring experience which I will always cherish.
Growing up in East Cork I spent a lot of time on the beach. My local beaches have always been an ample source of inspiration and influence for the ceramic style that I have now developed. When I walk along the beach, bright synthetic man-made colours sing out. On closer scrutiny these objects have a gorgeous range of textures where the sea has intervened. Seams and edges have softened, yet there is still clear evidence of manmade manufacturing processes, of the machine.
Although rubbish, these objects in the sand create a stark visual dialogue. It is off balance, but strangely appealing. A random still life, an accidental composition. Through my ceramic style and endeavour, I am creating my own flotsam and jetsam, a colourful compilation that fills your home with joy and freshness.
From these odds and ends, I create a discussion between the impersonal qualities of mass production and the personal aesthetic of the domestic environment. I do this through handmade functional pieces and art objects that highlight the making process and are intended to be held and used.
In addition, I recycle broken ceramic with Jesomite to create quirky accessories, turning the undesirable into the desirable and keeping my practice as sustainable as possible.