Curneens figurative ceramics command a quite yet charged presence. The figurative pieces often refer to images of Christian Iconography, quoting narratives of sacrifice and devotion. Her figures encompass elements of human experiences: love, loss, suffering and compassion. Although the work often provokes an awkward silence, they always embody hope. The translucent, delicate and the ethereal nature of porcelain lends itself to the understanding of her work. The textural finish is central to their making with dripping dribbles of glaze and gold accentuating the rich quality of the porcelain.
Claire Curneen has exhibited her work internationally including being selected for the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale at the Korea International Competition 2005 and the Taiwan International Ceramics Biennale in 2008. Her recent solo exhibitions include ‘Claire Curneen’in the Ruthin Gallery,Wales 2008, ‘Otherworldly Messages’ Galerie Marianne Heller, Germany 2009 and ‘Lost Certainty’ with Alice Kettle at Contemporary and Applied Arts, London 2011.