Tamaru Hunt-Joshi creates unique and beautiful ceramic pictures from stoneware clay. Her work is inspired by the wild Irish landscape in the West of Ireland. Originally from England, Tamaru spent many years in the USA studying and working as a plant ecologist and research scientist. It was during her time at Cornell University, NY that she started making ceramics and she was immediately captivated by clay and its many possibilities. On relocating to Galway, she was inspired beauty of the West coast of Ireland. Her love of nature and landscape is reflected in her work. Her ceramic pictures are made in stages using slip (or liquid clay) in both natural colours of clays, and with clays stained with blues and greys, as a fluid background to her landscapes. Layers of relief and texture are then applied to these clay panels. Botanical pictures are made by the same process; with grasses, ferns and other plants from her garden pressed into soft clay and their pattern picked out using oxides. Tamaru’s ceramics are usually left unglazed, with the unique textures of porcelain and stoneware clays being wonderful to touch. Tamaru’s work is available to be purchased from her studio in Moycullen, Co. Galway, and at Fairs and Sales (as advertised on facebook).