Irish artist shows what she has dug up in Vernon

Residents are about to see what kind of creations visiting artist Sarah has dug up using local clay.

Ceramics artist Sarah Ryan has been working out of the Vernon Community Arts Centre the past three months and opens her an exhibition of her work

Ceramics artist Sarah Ryan has been working out of the Vernon Community Arts Centre the past three months and opens her an exhibition of her work

Residents are about to see what kind of creations a visiting artist has dug up using local clay.

Irish ceramics artist Sarah Ryan, who is Vernon as part of a residency program between the Caetani Cultural Centre and the Vernon Community Arts Centre (VCAC), is opening her exhibition at the VCAC Friday, May 20.

Ryan has been staying at the Caetani house since her arrival in February, and has been working out of the arts centre, digging up the local clay and exploring its properties.

Process focused, Ryan is following in the footsteps of pioneering Vernon potter Axel Ebring, although unlike Ebring, her work is not about production.

“While her process depends a lot on the nature of the clay, Ryan says that the work she produces in the studio is not necessarily the most important part. Her investigations into the local clay have resulted in some fascinating discoveries and insights,” reads a release from the Caetani centre.

This marks the second year for the CeramAiR program, a residency which is made possible through a partnership between the Caetani Cultural Centre, Arts Council of the North Okanagan and Vernon Community Arts Centre

The public is welcome to see Ryan’s work and hear about her process at an opening reception Friday, May 20 at the VCAC (located at the east entrance to Polson Park behind the Okanagan Science Centre) from 5 to 7 p.m.

Her exhibition continues to June 5. For more information, visit www.caetani.ca or call 250-275-1525.