Natasha Swan

Natasha Swan

Born and raised in a rural sea-side town on the East Coast of Northern Ireland, Natasha grew up exploring the outdoors and always had a passion for making. This continued into her Third Level education where she first experienced clay and the huge possibilities and challenges of this versatile material. She gained a BA in Contemporary Applied Art from Ulster University, Belfast before moving to Thomastown to further her skills in ceramics. She has a particular interest in combining markmaking and simple wheel thrown forms, and inspiration comes from various sources, including graphic artists, painters and other ceramics makers. After graduating, Natasha plans to look for premises to rent in Belfast. She would like to work alongside other artists of various making skills to develop and strengthen a local network of craftspeople. Combining a pottery with a small café is something she aspires to do, connecting the community with making and enjoying hand-made tableware.

Artist statement:
Coffee can be celebrated as a way to bring people together, evoking a time for relaxation, simplicity and communication. These pieces are created to be enjoyed and utilised. Carrying individual landscapes of the local area, each item is decorated to evoke appreciation for the handmade within an everyday ritual such as drinking coffee. Objects in this collection share similar decorative finishes, taking inspiration from map making and graphic patterns. These patterns are derived from everyday views, translated into colourful and playful markmaking bringing an outdoor freedom and beauty indoors.

2018 Graduates