Simply Natural, Simply fabulous! Nuala O’Donovan is an Irish artist who is working in sculptural art ceramics, based in Cork, Ireland. In her work, Nuala combines a regular pattern with the characteristics of irregular patterns and forms from nature.

Sculptural Contemporary Art Ceramics - Sheet1

Sculptural Contemporary Art Ceramics - Sheet2

Each element of the pattern of art ceramics is individually made, the form is constructed slowly over a period of weeks or months. The finished forms are a result of an intuitive response to the direction that the pattern takes as well as the irregularity in the handmade elements of the pattern.

Sculptural Contemporary Art Ceramics - Sheet3

Sculptural Contemporary Art Ceramics - Sheet4

The viewer engages with the piece by allowing their own visual experiences to influence their view of the outcome of the form and its future possibilities. I hope that this aspect of my work also evokes the transitory quality of living organisms, combining traces of history, the present, and the future, in the patterns that make up their surfaces and forms.

Sculptural Contemporary Art Ceramics - Sheet5

Sculptural Contemporary Art Ceramics - Sheet6

In her work, Nuala’s research patterns and forms from nature stemmed from her interest in the narrative quality of irregularities in patterns. The history behind a scarred or broken surface is what fascinates him. The evidence of a response to random events visible in patterns in nature is a testament to the ability of living organisms to recover, to respond, and to continue growing and changing. It is the imperfections in the patterns caused by a unique experience that are evidence of the life force in living organisms.



Teasel: These pieces use a regular pattern based on the teasel flower. The form is a result of allowing the irregularities in the handmade work to influence the direction that the pattern and shape followed.


Rethinking The Future (RTF) is a Global Platform for Architecture and Design. RTF through more than 100 countries around the world provides an interactive platform of highest standard acknowledging the projects among creative and influential industry professionals.