by Cormac Boydell
Cormac Boydell worked as a geologist in Australia and Libya before moving to Allihies, West Cork in 1972 and has has been working full time in ceramics since 1983.
In making his work Boydell uses no tools, relishing instead the direct contact between hands and the clay. Boydell is keen to emphasise the importance of the process of making and through the work of his hands allows the nature of the clay to be apparent in the form and the texture. The resultant work is a fascinating combination of skill achieved over a lifetime working in unison with the power of clay and heat.
He uses a terracotta clay chosen because of the beauty of its orangey colour which is the perfect background to the colours he works with. His understanding of glazes can be described as an alchemy of bright, brilliant colours which has become a signature of his work.
Cormac exhibits extensively and his work is represented in public collections, including the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, the Ulster Museum, Belfast, the National Self Portrait Collection, Limerick, The Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin.