Before I became a full time ceramicist I worked as a ships captain in San Francisco for many years. Today my affinity with the Ocean is reflected in my ceramic vessels. My work emulates Atlantic seascapes discovered while kayaking the local County Cork Atlantic coastline of South West Ireland.
Each piece below is named and some contain found materials from the place that inspired it.
A short film of my making process kindly photographed by Celeste Burton and edited by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland for the Get Ireland Making campaign.
My ceramics sculptures are inspired by my explorations along the South West coast of Ireland by sea kayak. This type of kayak allows for an intimate and exciting experience. I translate the dynamic geological forces I observe while making, layering and compressing clay bodies, using found materials like drift wood and rocks to mark make and sculpt.
This is a short movie of my partner Denis and I heading out into the areas that so inspire my ceramic work. If you would like to know more about the trips we have taken check out our blog at