Kira O Brien is originally from Dublin but lives and practices in Cork .
She has exhibited here in Ireland, and abroad in Switzerland, Italy and the United States. She also has private collections in Australia, U.S, Europe and Japan.
Her work has a sculptural yet functional element to it and encompasses a sense of traditional ceramic techniques. Within this tradition is the art of storytelling and symbolism which evoke sentiment and nostalgia, but also a sense of our present environment. This environment is pyschological and therefore each piece points to emotions within the narrative.
The structure and physical aspect of her work is a lidded box form, wall platters and functional ware which for the most part are slab built, moulded and hand-carved. She occasionally uses the potters wheel for throwing ware and using as a tool for extra detailing.
Sgraffitto is her chosen ceramic technique currently. A selection of drawings also accompany her work and are an intrinsic part of what she creates in clay.