Cormac Boydell paced back and forth in the hotel meeting room as he talked, addressing a rapt audience of mostly American potters. He measured his words with his footsteps, quickly tracing his roots as an artist and fast-forwarding to present day.
Now 70, he is content to be doing his own work even if, as he says, his average annual income is “less than one of waiters at the restaurant downstairs.”
“I get to live where I want and do what I want,” he said with the same matter-of-fact directness in which he answered potters’ questions.
His platters are a contrast in rustic clay and form, covered with luscious color and edged with gold and platinum.
While he says he prefers to connect directly with collectors, he continues to exhibit when invited. His work is represented in public collections, including the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin; the Ulster Museum, Belfast; the National Self Portrait Collection, Limerick; The Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork; and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin.
I hope I’m as active in the studio at 70 (or 60!) as Cormac Boydell seems to be. To have the passion and drive to get up every morning and return to the life of a maker… That sounds like a great way to age gracefully.
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