Originally from Bray, Co. Wicklow, from an early age Keith was interested in craft and design, mainly woodwork to begin with. He developed an eye for detail while working fitting kitchens, tiling bathrooms or converting attics. His love of woodwork led him to enroll in the design course at Bray Adult Education Centre (BAEC) in 2014. It was during his time there that he discovered ceramics, and clay soon overtook his love for wood. Encouraged by his teachers at BAEC, he applied and successfully got a place on the Ceramics Skills & Design Course at DCCoI’s Centre of Excellence in Ceramics.
My work incorporates both the functional and ornamental. I have always been interested in design. Clay became my chosen material because of its versatility. It enables me to explore form and proportion quicker and more easily. For this exhibition I have made a series of bowls, vases and lidded vessels that explore the interplay of gentle curves on the one hand and austere angles on the other. They are decorated with a glaze that mottles and gives tones of blues, greens and yellows. It breaks into purples where it runs and it both exposes and softens the angles of the forms.