The Thriving Flower
Ceramic artist and facilitator Etaoin O’Reilly is An Táin Arts Centre’s artist in residence for 2020. Her current practice explores the fading industry and skills of bone china factory workers. This exhibition of new work originates with the flower makers of Stoke-on-Trent.
Etaoin now takes on the mantle of preserving this craft, believing there is a responsibility to pass the skill on to the next generation. As a nod to time honored industry, the artist forms her work around the traditional; teapots,vases, jugs and plates. However, not all is as it seems, and hand-built flower creatures burst forth from the familiar. Just as nature thrives when given the chance, so will the next generation of artists and makers.