Critical Mass


Critical Mass is a modular, geometric sculpture that contrasts manmade and organic structures. It is made up of hundreds of separately cast porcelain cubes that were made during the weeks and months of the first Lockdown in 2020 when access to Anne’s studio was restricted. These were then joined to create a mass with an internal labyrinth.  The traces and shadows created by the cyanotype print evidence the trajectory and intensity of the sun of the day she returned to the studio.


Measurements: approx. 45 x 45cm.


Artist Bio

Anne Butler is a ceramic artist based in Northern Ireland. Following the completion of her BA in ceramics from University of Ulster in 1985, She lived and worked in Asia for many years before returning to complete her MA in ceramics in Cardiff. She established her studio in Carryduff, Northern Ireland in 2016. She has exhibited widely in Ireland, UK and abroad, and her work is held in private and public collections.

Her parian porcelain vessels, wall pieces and sculptures explore process material and time. The work is inspired by natural and manmade structures and is constructed – layered – deconstructed – collapsed or excavated to reveal associations between cultural and individual memory as well as contrasting qualities of strength and fallibility, permanence and loss.