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  • Ceramic artist Fran Maguire
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  • Ceramic artist Fran Maguire
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  • Ceramic artist Fran Maguire
  • Ceramic artist Fran Maguire
  • Ceramic artist Fran Maguire
  • eramic artist Fran Maguire

Artist Fran Maguire

I felt an earthy connection to a deep old knowing working with clay which intrigued me and taught me that I know far more than I ‘think I know’. Through the medium I established a way of thinking and working, but a change in circumstances determined a move away from clay. My potter’s wheel and kiln have been replaced by camera and computer as being my current tools of expression towards self-realisation and understanding.

Usually when making a series of work I start with a fairly vague concept. Once my hands connect to a thread of thought, idea and image evolve fluidly, one being the stepping stone for the next and as the work develops, it seems to be pulled through from my subconscious.

I believe there’s an intention or energy which translates through the maker’s hands and resonates within a work or image - energy and matter, holding an idea and vibration in suspension beyond the constraints of words.

After being awarded Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure in April 2016 I spent two and a half years travelling in a camper van around Europe and Morocco. I filled myself up with pictures, thoughts, ideas and confusions which I continually empty out into images and string together clusters of words in an endeavour to make some sense of myself. I use these physical markers as a mirror to realise and evidence who I am at any point and, as with my ceramic work, these expressions have become my teachers and collectively document my life’s experience and evolving philosophy.

Exhibitions are a great vehicle to make and improve our work. They add the timeline and incentive to turn ideas into objects which may otherwise float around in our heads or remain unrealised sketches in the pages of books.

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Contact Fran Maguire

Email: fran@franmaguire.co.nz