Sarah Farrelly is a painter and ceramicist based in Cork, Ireland. She is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design. She worked for many years as a designer and illustrator while also pursuing her passion for painting and ceramics. Working mainly in acrylic and oil, Sarah specialises in painting portraits and Irish landscapes.

She makes one-off ceramic sculptures, often of native animals. She won the Etain Hickey Award in the 2014 Irish Ceramic Awards. She was selected for inclusion in Irish Ceramics by John Goode (published 2015). Her work is hand built, bisqued and meticulously painted with velvet underglaze, then high fired so that it vitrifies. Originally, she drew inspiration from tribal patterning for the decoration of many of her pieces. She has always been intrigued by the process of transforming a lump of mud into a complex permanent structure. She finds all of the stages of sculpting in ceramics fascinating and places as much importance on the form of her sculptures as she does on their decoration.

She welcomes commission enquiries.

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Sarah Farrelly’s work is also available to view at:

Irish Ceramics Book