Born in the west of Ireland, Elaine moved to Galway City in 2011 to study Art and received her Hons Degree in Fine Art from the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology in 2016, specialising in Ceramics. Having developed her hand-building techniques and producing sculptural work during her study, the desire to expand her skills and incorporate ceramic production techniques into her practice encouraged her to attend DCCol’s Ceramics Skills and Design Course in Thomastown, Kilkenny.
Inspiration for my work comes from my surrounding environment, this is not always a conscious effort but often shapes, colours and forms tend to permeate through my daily experiences. This range of tableware is influenced by the flora that grows here in the pottery courtyard in Thomastown, where we spend our short breaks. The periwinkle flower and the Dust Miller plant caught my attention by their fresh attractive colours. Designed for the home, this porcelain range contains intuitive marks that embrace the strong forms, reflecting the subtle irregularity of nature. The contrast of the soft fresh colours are enhanced by the stunning white of the porcelain clay beneath. I aim to produce work to be lived with and used, enhancing domestic spaces.