Ottawa based ceramic artist, Cynthia O’Brien has honed her skills while constantly examining life’s emotions. As a hand builder O’Brien believes strongly that clay as a material, speaks for itself and to be a maker there needs to be a healthy respect. She emphasizes this relationship with the use of minimal glazes to show off the natural colour of the clay body and the importance of the human touch in finished work.
O’Brien’s intimate work blends her love of clay and her own emotional growth as a person. As one of her most important relationships of her life, it is only natural that clay has been her accomplice through all life trials: Love - Failings - Choices - Success - Death
These emotional subjects are expressed sculpturally through the beauty, strength and
fragility of the natural forms in her work.