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.
Experimental Ceramic Workshop - Claire Ireland
18th September 2017 to 20th November 2017
Handbuilt sculptural work, ranging from small creatures, sculptural maquettes to large scale pieces for courtyard gardens or specific outdoor locations.
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.
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.
Camberwell College of Art 1979 - 1981
Degree BA. Hons. Ceramics
Commendation in Printmaking
Society of Designer Craftsmen - Elected 1999
Craft Potters Association - Elected 1999
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
Ceramics with Mixed Media by Joy Bosworth August 2006, A&C Black
Ceramic Jewellery by Joy Bosworth May 2010, A&C Black
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
'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