Anne Butler trained in Ceramics in the University of Ulster and the University of Wales in Cardiff and now works from her studio in Northern Ireland.
She works primarily with parian porcelain. Parian has a satin, marble-like quality when solid and a delicacy and translucency when thin. These material qualities, as well as a wide palette of techniques are continuously challenged in order to explore relationships between process, material and time.
There is much reminiscent of her interest in archaeology, geology and architecture in her work. The sculptures and vessels are inspired by many natural and manmade structures and are constructed – layered – deconstructed – collapsed or excavated to reveal evidence of their own history and associations to cultural and individual memory, as well as contrasting qualities of the organic with the manmade and strength and fallibility.