Amy Mackle - Ceramics
About Amy Mackle
I am a ceramic artist/ maker based in the village of Killowen on the shores of Carlingford Lough. I make hand etched illustrated porcelain pieces, taking inspiration from the many beautiful landscapes and landmarks we have around Ireland. I also make a range of porcelain brooches and wearable art. This work is made under the name Kiln & Ink.
Alongside this range of work I make large scale installations for exhibition. These pieces are inspired by the environment both urban and natural and are an exploration of our relationship with our location.
When did you start taking and interest in art?
Art has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. It has always been a real love of mine and from very early on I had decided it was what I wanted to pursue. Coincidently, as a child I was always mucked to the eyeballs and was never particularly tidy which perhaps was a precursor to my career in ceramics!
What course have you studied or currently studying?
I graduated from Contemporary and Applied art (ceramics) in 2016. I also took part in the Erasmus scheme where I worked for the Design and Craft Council of Ireland in Kilkenny and then Guldagergaard - the international ceramic research centre in Denmark.
Who or what inspires your art?
My studio is based right on the beach and although the studio is a work in progress itself, the view massively inspires my work and I am extremely lucky to work in such beautiful surroundings.
What do you hope people take from your work?
When people take home a piece of my work I hope it reminds them of a unique time, space or memory. When someone purchases a piece of work it means it has an impact on them in some shape or form, this is the most important thing to me. I want to make work that people love and will hold a special place in their lives.
Do you have any other interests?
I love to travel! Being self-employed can be all consuming but it does give lots of opportunities to see the world! perhaps connecting to my work I love a good walk along a beach... winter or summer it doesn't bother me too much! Other than that give me some new foods to try, a good book and some red wine and I'm happy. I adore ceramics and I'm delighted I am able to make a living from it but I also appreciate my time away from it as it allows me to recharge and refresh!
What is your favourite memory of your time at Ulster University?
I relished my time at Ulster and if I could go back and do it all again I absolutely would, final year included! I always look fondly on the last few weeks running up to the degree show. Everyone was very busy and enthralled in their own work but there was a wonderful sense of community between students, staff and everyone who makes the university what it is!
What is next for you creatively?
2019 is shaping up to be a busy year creatively! i'm in the process of rebranding my porcelain illustrations/ landscapes and wearable artwork under "Kiln & Ink" (available in Unique) - Launching a capsule collection in early February. I'm excited to put this work out of its own and dedicate a space to it entirely. Other than this I will be exhibiting my large installations as a Future Lights winner at Ambiente in Frankurt, with another few European exhibitions lined up too! I will also take part in a workshop with Ceramics and its dimensions somewhere in Europe over the summer months! It's a fantastic opportunity and I'm really excited to see where it could go!