Three Portraits, sculpted slab earthenware, 2012, Ht 30-35cm
Christy Keeney is an artist who studied ceramics at the Royal College of Art. He worked in London for seventeen years before returning to his native Donegal. He uses a raku-fired body which is coated with a white earthenware slip. Coloured stains are then painted freely onto the dry clay. After the biscuit firing, oxides are rubbed into the piece and washed off to reveal the drawing marks which are finally fixed at a firing temperature of 1120'C. Keeney’s flat heads are ‘representations of everyday people of no fixed abode’.