Etaoin is an Irish-born ceramic artist and studied at the National College of Art and Design where she received a degree in Craft Design. In 2014, she won the overall Student Future Makers Award for her degree show work, ‘The Buggaplants’ which enabled her to travel to London where she interned for Kate Malone. There, she was introduced to Malone’s famous crystalline glazes and hand-building techniques. On return from London she moved to the National Sculpture Factory in Cork where she began to work on the new series of Buggaplants called the ‘Jorogumo’. In 2016, she returned to the National College of Art and Design where she undertook a one-year residency and after which she held her first solo show in the NCAD Gallery. She applied to DCCoI’s Ceramics Skills & Design Course to learn the skill of wheel throwing as she feels that throwing is the best way to get to know the material. She is excited to pass on the skills that she has learned to the students of Limerick School of Art and Design where she will begin a residency in October.
Throughout my studies in ceramics my biggest source of inspiration has always been bright colour. This has been influenced by the artistic movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s. These were known for being eccentric, with frequent use of colours. In my imagination I see my pieces existing in the brightly coloured interior of an alien space ship. I like geometric shapes which can be assembled giving a quirky, funky feel to the forms. I take a lot of inspiration from the thrown and constructed work of Walter Keeler. I admire the playful element in his work. The merging of the sculptural with the functional is what I aspire to. I feel like everyday things should always be made more amusing and colourful.