After many years in California where Bernadette worked as a boat captain she returned to Ireland and to reinvented herself through an art education. In pursuing her life-long ambition to obtain an art degree Bernadette began her journey by setting up a ceramic studio in her native Co. Meath in 2011. To improve her knowledge she began with the Pottery Skills and Design Course offered by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny in 2012 and CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork. In June 2018, Bernadette completed her Applied Art degree studies at CCAD obtaining multiple awards. This year she received a Future Makers Award 2019 and Meath County Council Arts Office Going Solo Award. She currently works from Backwater Studios in Cork.
Historically my work responds to human impact within our land and seascape and the need for responsible use and stewardship of our environment. I share the uniquely beautiful Atlantic environment I have explored by sea through sculptural ceramic vessels photography and glass. My sculptural ceramic vessels investigate the creative and destructive forces of nature visible in Atlantic coastal geology. I consider the erosive processes of wind and water and emulate these forces while making. Layering different coloured clays, marbling, tearing, compressing together, seam and strata, to echoing the tortured seascape of my inspiration. The kiln cast glass work is a visual response to the physical and transcendent experience of ocean exploration. The primary intention of my work is conservation of theses special places.