Deirdre Hawthorne lives and works in Ireland near Strangford, County Down, she says the following about her works.
I make sculptural vessels developed from landscape, from very specific sea shores, gardens and city streets that hold significance for me. I use different ways of capturing and interpreting these places, by photographing directly onto the surface, by imprinting, by piercing the form with objects, or by growing seeds within the clay. The clay is often pushed to the point of destruction, making the work extremely fragile but revealing its inherent resilience. Through my work I try to convey the layering of marks – physical and emotional, natural and unnatural, ancient, fresh, accidental or purposely inflicted, on places and people.