“The vessel was made on my 6-week residency in Hope University in early 2013 (with thanks to the Bluecoat Display Centre and the Irish Crafts Council at the time also for facilitating it).
The residency was a key time for me, just months before I moved from West Cork to Belfast. My time in Liverpool was overwhelmingly positive, and it marked an important growth in confidence to explore more experimental forms. As is often the hope with residencies, it allowed a period of time to ‘play’.
This piece is one of a tiny number (4 perhaps?) that I made (I still have one here in my own collection) which sparked a new investigation into sculptural forms with increased skill to realise them. Strong, cut lines, carefully reassembled. I’m still working on that thread today.” – Sara Flynn
Sara’s residency was part of the Bluecoat Display Centre’s ‘Making an Impact’ outreach programme and was supported by Liverpool Hope University and the Design & Crafts Council Ireland.
Sara Flynn was born in Cork, Ireland in 1971, and trained in the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork City. Her studio is in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
“Concentrating on the challenges of forms thrown on the potter’s wheel 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. 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 coupled, crucially, with ever-increasing skill.” – Sara Flynn