Tamaru Hunt-Joshi

Tamaru is a ceramic artist based in Moycullen Co. Galway. Ireland

Tamaru Hunt-Joshi creates her nature and botanically inspired ceramics as Turnstone Ceramics. Her studio is based in Moycullen, Co Galway, Ireland. As a relatively recent arrival in Ireland, she was immediately struck with the stunning landscape of Connemara and the Burren of County Clare. Both landscapes are both stunning and changeable and have a vitality in their natural beauty. Originally from the UK, Tamaru found the breathtaking landscape and changeable skies of the West of Ireland extremely compelling and inspiring. This along with her previous life as a scientist and ecologist, result in ceramic works that are steeped in nature and landscape. She works with stoneware clay, creating large panels using slip (liquid clay) like paint or water colours, and she combines this with botanical print and engraving, or plant impressions. Her work with stoneware is often unglazed, resulting in a compelling tactile ceramic that she beautifully frames for maximum effect. She also uses Raku (smoke-fired) ceramics to produce wall pieces and sculptures, both inspired by the landscape and nature surrounding her studio. Her raku bird sculptures incorporate wire, nails and wood, and they reflect her interest in birds along the coastline of Ireland and around her studio.