Red Earth Designs
Red Earth Designs is run by Karen and Claire Gibson, who both graduated with Masters Degrees from the University of Ulster at Belfast, and have over seventeen years experience in working with ceramics.
The studio has been running for twelve years now and is going from strength to strength, creating corporate awards, public art projects, community work, a range of porcelain interior pieces and commissioned work for the gallery and collectors market.
Recent gallery works made in porcelain bring together elements of architecture, natural forms and nostalgia. Nostalgia is represented by utilizing forms which originate in the chemistry lab, selecting old fashioned objects such as specimen jars, then casting altering and adding detail/ imagery. These pieces or groups of pieces are placed in a specific environment which alters the viewer’s perception and makes an emotional connection, triggering thoughts of past decades. Continuity between pieces is emphasized in little details like texture and alteration.
Karen and Claire have works in the University of Ulster Collection, various private collections, and the Arts Council of Ireland have recently made a third purchase for their collection.