'My practice is deeply influenced by my childhood in Northern Ireland. Growing up at the end of a conflict and in a country where peace was relatively new, my memories are filled with images of the beautiful country I was surrounded by, bomb scares and overhead helicopters are merely a distant memory. I strive to create work which reflects my home, pieces which evoke a sense of what it means to be Northern Irish. Pieces which are symbolic of both the country as well as its complex past.'
Simon Kidd graduated with a BA in Ceramic Design from Central St Martins in 2018. His practice is focused on creating functional ceramic objects which explore human experiences and specific locations. His series 'Sliabh Dónairt' (the tallest point in Northern Ireland) & 'Dregish' (a raised bog in County Tyrone) feature slip-cast and wheel-thrown ceramics that are made in response to these landscapes and the history that has created them.