Vivienne's porcelain is organic and delicate, creating a sense of complex harmony in form. Although she takes influence from her study of Chinese porcelains, her work is undoubtedly contemporary and unique. Her technique involves combining thrown and constructed elements and pushing the limitations of her material. While some of her pieces fulfill the functional purpose of a vessel, her work is truly appreciated purely in a sculptural context.
"The excitement and challenge for me is to produce flowing harmonious forms from a process fraught with interruption. I try to factor in all the variables knowing that during drying, glazing and firing, the pieces will take on a life of their own, and that no two forms are ever the same."
Her ceramics are in the National Museum of Ireland and the Ulster Museum collections. During her term, President Mary Robinson of Ireland acquired numerous works of Vivienne's for presentation to Heads of State, Ministers and Ambassadors. Among the receipients of these gifts were Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia and former US President, Bill Clinton.
Further collections include:
Crafts Council of Ireland, Dublin
Limerick City Art Gallery, Ireland
Royal Household, Sweden
Irish Embassy, Berlin
Chaim Hertoz - former President of Isreal
Jacques Chirac - former President, France
In a new developement to her practice, the artist has begun to cast her porcelain in Bronze.
'Vivienne Foley Porcelain', a comprehensive survey of her work was published in November 2007. Containing 140 pages and 100 colour illustrations, the book includes a foreword by Audrey Whitty, Curator of Ceramics, Glass and Asian Collections at the National Museum of Ireland.
Prices for Vivienne's ceramics range from £500-£5,000. For availability, please contact us.