|5am view from Cill Rialaig|
|Egg cases from the Nursehound catshark|
Other finds have been a diverse array of seaweeds, including Himathalia elongate, often known as Sea Spaghetti or Thong Weed. It is delicious the way Kerryann from Atlantic Irish Seaweed prepares it with sesame oil and soy, but I was just eating it straight from the sea as well - it has a delightful crunchy nutty texture.
During my time at Cill Rialaig I have also connected with Alexis and Stephen from Fermoyle Pottery and Garden, just a few minutes out of Dun Geagan. They invited me to come to their studio to decorate a few ceramic platters and it was a great opportunity to try my surface design skills onto a new substrate. It also gave us time to play around with the seaweed I had collected and to experiment with some ideas that might go into production for them.
|Painting one of the platters at Fermoyle Pottery|
|Playing around with seaweed inspired ceramics|
|Stephen perfecting the edges of my platter (yes he has shorts on!)|
|One of the seaweed bowls we are working on.|
For the time being it is a day to be finishing off work, as it is wild and windy, overcast and looking like rain outside. I have to start packing and tomorrow I head off to Kinsale, Cork and Kilkenny. Then next week I will be in Belfast at the Ulster Museum Herbarium ...stay tuned!