‘Lithified II’


Patricia Millar vessels celebrates form, colour and texture of their geological and anthropological origins. These archaic ceramics inspire not only form but the methods by which she works.


Lithified II is a collection of local ice age clays, sediments, glaciated and sea-worn Silurian bedrock, limestone and sandstone gravels from Strangford Lough, County Down. This narrow body of seawater has undergone huge geological episodes.


This piece references the landscape beneath the surface, revealing the past sediments laid down over thousands and millions of years. Each layer once had its own landscape, weather, inhabitants as the position, of where we call home today, drifted from the Equator northwards.


Pathways fits nicely with the meaning of the work- each layer has at some point been a surface. Evidence of fossils and foot prints of ancient dinosaurs have been found. Hunter gatherers made the Lough their home, leaving worked flints and mussel shell middens. Traces of the ancient once walked on these surfaces, leaving faint traces of familiar life, traveling on foot, eating, making, mark making, inhabiting, dying. Just as they did in the distant past, our lives still intersect and follow their pathways. What traces will we leave on this surface?


Materials: Stoneware with local clays and gravels; dimensions: H53 x W33 cm



Artist Bio

A potter on the Causeway coast, Patricia Millar digs local clay and incorporates found materials into her wheel thrown and hand-built forms. Unique colours from the landscape are achieved by using the ancient techniques of pit and wood firing.

Patricia’s work is not just about a place but made from its very essence. A featured artist on BBC Countryfile, Patricia has had work selected by the RUA, public commissions for Seamus Heaney HomePlace and Ards and North Down Borough Council. Representing Northern Ireland for My Creative Edge in Sweden, she is a regular exhibitor with Ceramics Ireland as well as solo and group exhibitions. Patricia shows her work at craft fairs including the Guildhall Derry, FE. Mcwilliams Gallery and Potfest. She makes private commissions, offers pit firing workshops and is invited to demonstrate her processes.