Marcus O’Mahony makes functional stoneware and porcelain rooted in the Leach Hamada tradition. He is also greatly inspired by the Irish landscape.
The potter’s wheel provides the starting point for his work, and thereafter alters the work. He uses soft clay to encourage a loose fluid character in the pots and thick slips to develop the surface and sense of movement.
“I have been firing with wood for the past decade. My work has evolved through much experimentation to take advantage of this dramatic and engaging process. Wood firing offers the artist a further range of creative options not normally associated with other firing methods, which increases the sense of connection to the work. I occasionally fire with wood and salt, for which I have built a special kiln. Salt glaze can produce extra excitement and colour very complimentary with wood firing work. Decisions are made on the placement of the pots in the kiln, length of firing and exposure to heat and ash that can profoundly affect the results. The Japanese term ‘Yohen’ means finding beauty in the unexpected. the pieces are unglazed and are receptive to the effects of the intense heat and turbulence of the wood fire kiln.” Marcus O’Mahony