Marcus O’Mahony

Marcus produces expressive functional stoneware and porcelain rooted in the Leach Hamada tradition. He is also greatly inspired by the Irish landscape.

The potter’s wheel is the starting point for his work. He uses soft clay to encourage a loose fluid character in the pots. He often alters the pieces on and off the wheel and uses thick slips to further develop the surface and encourage a sense of movement.
Marcus has been firing with wood for the past decade. His 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. 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 pieces.