Giant - Finn McCool - (Fionn mac Cumhaill) - Ceramic Sculpture
Inspiration: Finn was the Irish Giant who, according to legend, created the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland, The columns were to be stepping stones to Scotland so Finn would not get his feet wet. He also scooped up part of Ireland and through it at his great rival Benandonner . He missed. A large clump became the Isle of Man and a small clump became Rockall a tiny granite island. In between became Lough Neagh. Fingal's Cave is part of the story. Fabulous tale!
The sculptures are made with a direct honesty to the nature of the material. The work shows the way as it progresses into a finished piece. The hand becomes as important as the eye and the mind. I use white stoneware clay and make using slab and carving techniques. Natural and manufactured objects are used to make impressions and produce strong textures. The nature of the clay and the design means there are lumps and bumps and various marks. This rugged affect is all part of the charm of the work. Decorated with oxides, engobes and glazes, the work is then fired twice to 1200c.
Each piece is handbuilt and unique. Lovely to hold, they have a great "feel" about them.
All sculptures are now sent in wooden cases to prevent any possible damage in transit.
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About the Artist
Sometimes I am not sure if I am a sculptor who craves to paint, or a painter who craves to sculpt. Basically I think I have the creative spirit within and I need to be in my studio working on imaginative projects. My Muse and I have a great time. Basically all my work is sculptural including ...