Claire IrelandImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Studio 5, London Museum of Water and Steam, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex, England, TW8 0EN. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)7902027970
Email:
Web-site: claireirelandceramics.com
Availability: Just over the river from Kew Gardens, in the grounds of the London Museum of Water and Steam.

Please phone or email to make an appointment.
Free parking available
Joined on: 2012-12-12
Last Updated: 2015-05-08

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

My studio is at the London Museum of Water and Steam. I use the creative atmosphere, facilities and special location to inspire my work.

I have started to explore alternative hand building techniques; larger more sculptural forms have emerged during my research. The smoky and painterly surfaces I achieve envelop my ceramic forms and are integral to the whole.

I find great enjoyment and creative impulse through making collections and arranging man made and natural forms. The discipline of drawing and my continuous sketchbook studies are of prime importance to me.

I have recently completed commissioned work for specific locations in gardens and I am currently completing an Artist in Residence at Pimlico Academy, a newly built secondary school in central London.

Courses Available

Courses Available

Experimental Ceramic Workshop - Claire Ireland
18th September 2017 to 20th November 2017

Current Work and Availability

Current Work and Availability

Handbuilt sculptural work, ranging from small creatures, sculptural maquettes to large scale pieces for courtyard gardens or specific outdoor locations.

Work Availability
I have been selling direct to clients through studio exhibitions and workshops and often work to commission.

Work currently available (February 2014) from Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery

Otherwise please contact the artist for information about work available.

Technical Information

Technical Information

Hand built sculptural work using a variety of techniques on different scales, I use stonware bodies, but will use porcelain for smaller work.

I paint my surfaces with engobe, oxides. body stains, and fire to 1260.
I also experiment with alternative surfaces which can involve pit and saggar firng pieces using sawdust, copper wire, seaweed and other combustable materials.

I will often create a series of small sculptural forms that serve as working maquettes for the larger pieces. This gives me an opportunity to play with the surface and experiment with glazes.

History and Background

History and Background

EDUCATION
Camberwell College of Art 1979 - 1981
Degree BA. Hons. Ceramics
Commendation in Printmaking

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Society of Designer Craftsmen - Elected 1999
Craft Potters Association - Elected 1999

TEACHING
1983-1992 Richmond Adult College, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Experimental Drawing, Access Courses - Study Plan
1991-1995 University of Westminster, Foundation Course
1991-1995 Guildhall University, BA Silversmithing & Jewellery
1992-1995 Brooklands College, BTEC Diploma in Art & Design
1992-1997 South Thames College, BTEC Diploma in Ceramics
1997-1999 South Thames College, BTEC Diploma in Jewellery
1993 - Putney School of Art, Ceramics
1983-2008 Richmond Adult College, Ceramics
1999-2001 Richmond Adult College, Foundation 1998-2001 Richmond Adult College, BTEC Diploma in Art & Design
1999-2001 Richmond Adult College, BTEC Diploma in Ceramics
2001-2008 Richmond Adult College, HNC & HND Certificate
2008 - The Heatherley School of Fine Art, Ceramic Sculpture
2009 - Ceramics at Kew Bridge, Ceramic courses at the studio throughout the year

Specialist Short Courses
2004 (October) Brunel University
2005 (June), Farnham Arts Society
2007,08.09,11,12 (February) West Dean College
2010, 11, 12 (July) Kew Bridge Steam Museum

Publications and Awards

Publications and Awards

PUBLICATIONS
Ceramics with Mixed Media by Joy Bosworth August 2006, A&C Black
Ceramic Jewellery by Joy Bosworth May 2010, A&C Black

AWARDS
2011 - Craft Pottery Charitable Trust, funding for website
2000 - The Gane Charity, funding for studio equipment
1999 - Brentford Regeneration Community Forum, funding for exhibition and workshops 1993–1997 - London Potters Annual Exhibitions (impressions. a splash of colour. put a lid on it. rough and smooth. black & white.)
1987 - Sir Mark Turner Memorial Scholarship, Banff Centre, Canada residency programme.
1986 - Craft Council, funding for exhibition
1984 - World Triennial of Small Ceramics

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

'Wild Thing' Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery, November 2013 - January 2014
National Open Art Competition, Royal College of Art, London; Minerva Theatre, Chichester, Selected Artist, October 2013

Craftco Gallery, Suffolk, Simply Smouldering, One woman show 2010
Eton Applied Arts, Windsor 2007, 09
Bevere Gallery, Worcester, CPA at fifty 2007
Gallerytop, Derbyshire 2007
Sussex Barn Gallery, West Dean 2007
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham 2006
The London Architectural Art & Design show, Piazza British Library 2006
Inspires Gallery, Oxford 2006
Royal College of Art, London, Ceramic Art London 2006 
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Summer Dazzlers 2005
Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Brentford, London, Paint and Clay - Celebrating 25 years 2005  
Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, Christmas show 2005
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, Christmas show 2004
Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire, Earth & Fire 2004
Alpha House Gallery, Dorset, Ceramics with Humour 2004
Cube Gallery, Bristol, mixed shows   2003, 04, 05
Alresford Gallery, Hampshire 2003
Derek Topp Gallery, Derbyshire, one women show 2002
Art Spectra Gallery, Austria, Memories of Nature 2002
Contemporary Ceramics, London, CPA showcase 2002
The Pyramid Gallery, York, Christmas show 2001
The Polkadot Gallery, Exeter, Christmas show 2001
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, Christmas show 2001
Julia Mills Gallery, Cornwall, Summer show 2001
2 Fish Gallery, Norfolk, opening exhibition 2001
The Ark, Huddersfield, Animal House 2000
The Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey, Telling Tales 2000,   Group show 2003
Eton Applied Arts, Windsor, Christmas show 2000
East Ayrshire Museum and Arts, Scotland, Pot Valiant touring show, curated by Jonny Vegas   2000
Mall Galleries, London, Designer Crafts 2000, 01, 03, 04, 06,07
Ceramic Art Gallery, Vienna, Three of a Different Kind 1998
Suffolk Craft co Gallery, Suffolk, mixed shows 1997 - 2001
Amalgam Gallery, London, Fish 1994,  La Mer 1995

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Handbuilt
Sculptural
Installations
Animals and Birds
Saggar