Small Vessel by Mike Byrne


Slab built vessel with a textured surface patina resulting from multiple layers of engobe or coloured slips. Numerous firings take place until the desired depth of surface colour and texture is reached.

This small vessel features a light blue textured surface with a teal stripe. The distinctive cut-out rim transforms this vessel into sculpture, exploring the relationship between design, function, narrative and art.

Dimensions: (W) 21 x (H) 20 x (D) 13 cm

“In my own work, sometimes intentional, sometimes accidental, my exploration of surface texture and colour seems to reflect the world around me. I believe that land and seascapes local to me, and unique to Ireland, drive the decision-making process that I use to build up the surfaces of my ceramics. Insofar as these surfaces derive their nature and energy from the influences surrounding me, they certainly reflect my Irishness.

The forms I have been making for some time now, upon which the above surfaces are developed, also have a certain Irish connection. Common domestic shapes such as pitchers, metal jugs and pourers have been creative resources for the shapes I have produced and new shapes that are evolving.”

Mike Byrne was the featured ‘In the Window’ maker at the Bluecoat Display Centre during October 2020 as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival, with support from the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI).


Images: Pam Seale Photography