Ceramics by Lone O’Reilly


I invite you to have a look at my most recent ceramic pieces and photos.

I work on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland, between the mountains and the Atlantic ocean. This landscape is reflected in much of my work.


Ripples on Murioch Beach. Photo L.O’Reilly

I am fascinated by SAND formations….

perhaps  as a result of growing up on the flat and sandy soil of the west coast of Jutland in Denmark. As far as the eye can see, the dunes along the coast there are the only things rising out of the landscape. I have always loved their gently swooping shapes.

Dunes of West Jutland
Dunes of West Jutland Photo L.O’Reillys.

Lately, here in Ireland, I have been working on the beach, taking imprints of the sand ripples that appear at low tide. Often they remind me of the water that created them, standing like waves frozen in time. On other days they echo the shapes of the mountains around this area, ground and polished by millions of years of rain and wind. The variations are endless and fascinating and, once in a while, the ripples take the concentric shape of rings of woodgrain or like the gradient contours on the highest point of a map.

Back in my workshop I design ceramic pieces based on the patterns that I have captured. I form them in white stoneware clay and apply richly coloured glazes to accentuate the patterns and shapes of nature.


Working on the potter’s wheel is what made me fall in love with clay in the first place. So, of course, I also produce thrown pots. MostIy I combine this technique with handbuilding, as with these boats.


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