News & The Story So Far

Experts Panel - Loewe Craft Prize 2020

I am hugely honoured to have returned as one of the Experts for the Loewe Craft Prize 2020. We gathered in Madrid in January to agree on the list of this year's Finalists. https://craftprize.loewe.com


In November 2019 I returned home from a month-long residency in Sasama, Japan.

Sasama is a beautiful place in rural Japan. The ethos behind the residency is that the participants experience real life in a rural village and I can vouch for the fact that it was a hugely enriching experience.

The residency was followed by my participation in the International Ceramic Festival which takes place every 2 years...details via the link below..

https://www.icaf-sasama.com/artist2019

Ulster Museum - Acquisition for their Permanent Collection

The Ulster Museum in Belfast have added these 2 pieces to their permanent collection. The works will be on display in the Museum later in 2019. Purchased through and with the support of Erskine Hall & Coe in London.

In such quality company and surroundings at Loewe's new London Store recently... read the article in Vogue here

https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/loewe-london-store

NEWS - Special Award Winner - Golden Fleece Awards - 2019

Read the article on the Awards by Aidan Dunne in The Irish Times Culture here...

Collections:

  • The permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Purchase funded by Christopher M. Gorman-Evans
  • The Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • The National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, purchased through the Contemporary Collection of Design & Craft, a joint initiative of The National Museum of Ireland and Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
  • Loewe
  • The Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England, U.K.
  • The Hunt Museum, Limerick, Ireland
  • The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House, Chatsworth, U.K.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, U.S.A. (Gift of Michael and Tamara Root)
  • Shanghai Municipal People's Government, China
  • Office of Public Works, Farmleigh House, Dublin, Ireland
  • National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
  • Columbus State University, Georgia, U.S.A.
  • Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
  • Irish Department of Foreign Affairs - Foreign Embassies Collection - Canberra, Australia (2005); Madrid, Spain and The Hague, The Netherlands (2007); Beijing, China (2013)

Panels:

  • Member of the Experts Panel - Loewe Craft Prize - 2018, 2019 and am honoured to serve on the Panel again in 2020
  • Member of the Judging Panel - RDS Craft Awards - 2018, 2019 and am honoured to serve on the Panel again in 2020

Selected Maker:

  • Design & Crafts Council of Ireland ‘Portfolio - Critical Selection’ - each year since 2006

Publications:

  • ‘New Wave Clay - Ceramic Design, Art & Architecture’ ,Tom Morris, 2018
  • 'Chance Encounters 3", Essay by Andrew Bonacina, Loewe Foundation Publication. 2017
  • Wallpaper*, 2017 - Review by Elly Parsons
  • Interview with Laura Bannister 2017 http://laurabannister.com/selected-writings/notes-on-chance-encounters/
  • 'Contemporary British Crafts - The Goodison Gift to The Fitzwilliam Museum', Amanda Game, 2016
  • Solo Exhibition Catalogue 2016, Erskine Hall & Coe, Essay by Emma Crichton-Miller
  • Solo Exhibition Catalogue 2014, Erskine Hall & Coe, Essay by Garth Clark
  • Ceramic Review - Jan/Feb 2013 (Interview by Angus Stewart)
  • Solo Exhibition Catalogue 2012, Erskine Hall & Coe, Essay by Sebastian Blackie
  • Irish Arts Review - Nov/Dec 2012 (Interview by Frances McDonald)
  • ‘Ceramics – Art & Perception’, Sept ‘09
  • ‘la revue de la Ceramique et du Verre’, July/August 2007
  • ‘NCG – Review, 2000 – 2004’, DCCOI Publication

Invited Demonstrator:

  • Sasama International Ceramics Festival, Sasama, Japan 2019
  • Ceramics Ireland International Festival 2010
  • University of Ulster 2011, 2012

Awards:

  • Golden Fleece Award - Merit - 2019
  • Loewe Craft Prize Finalist 2017
  • Golden Fleece Award - Merit - 2016
  • Peter Brennan Pioneering Potter Award, Ceramics Ireland, 2010
  • C.C.O.I. Travel Bursary Award 2006, 2007
  • Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (D.C.C.O.I). Research and Development Award 2005

International Residencies:

It is my pleasure to have been awarded the opportunity to work on three International residencies...

  • 2019 - Koryu Centre Sasama, Japan. A month-long residency in rural Japan. Generously supported by The Golden Fleece Award.
  • 2013 - Liverpool (U.K.), undertaking a 6-week residency at Hope University in partnership with the Bluecoat Display Centre and supported by The Crafts Council of Ireland.
  • 2011 - I was one of 13 Irish Makers selected to participate in a month-long residency in FULE International Ceramic Art Museums, Fuping, China

Invited speaker:


  • Chatsworth Arts Festival, Chatsworth House, England, 2019
  • Loewe 'Craft Conversations', IED, Madrid, Spain, 2019
  • Applied Arts Ireland and Northern Ireland (DCCoI), Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2018
  • 'Making In 2018', Hosted by Joseph Walsh Studio. Making in Art / Craft / Design / Architecture / Joseph Walsh Studio, Cork. View details
  • Crawford College of Art & Design - Cork, 2016
  • Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection - Limerick School of Art & Design, 2015
  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of America, 2010