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Michael RiceImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Apartment 002, Sheakspeares Circus 1, Motor City , Dubai, UAE, . View in Google Maps
Telephone: 0097 15550 67373
Mobile: 07891725213
Email:
Availability: Not available to visitors at present.
Joined on: 2005-00-00
Last Updated: 2012-07-03

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

When looking at a shell on the beach, a stone made beautiful by the endless caress of the tide, objects, forms, things created over time by the earth, I am awed by the skill of nature. I have longed to be able to make things that look as natural as if nature had made them, to create objects that resonate with a timeless quality, with a feeling of a genesis beyond the constructed and manufactured.

Current Work

Current Work

My current work evolves from the work I made as a degree student and although my experiments with terra sigillata stem from my time as a postgraduate I am still primarily concerned with form, beauty and symmetry. At present the forms are curvaceous and full and although they are influenced by classical pottery I feel they are highly contemporary 

Work generally available from:
Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast
The Fountainhead Gallery, Downpatrick 
The Loft Gallery, Hillsborough 
Witchcraft, Dublin

Other Information References
Member of the Crafts Council of Ireland
Contributor to the 2001 Children in Need Television charity event
Contributor to the 2005 Red Nose Day charity event
Recipient of the Arts Council of NI Award 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10.
Craft NI ‘Making It’ Programme 06

Technical Information

Technical Information

Some of the work is Juddered, a turning fault that I have developed into a feature. Slips and Terra Sigillata are used to finish the work.

Employment History

Employment History

Sept 2010 – Present: Art Teacher, Greenfield Community School Dubai
Aug 2004 – June 2010: Part Time lecturer, East Down Institute, Co. Down
Aug 2004 – June 2010: Part Time lecturer, Down Community Arts, Downpatrick
Sept 2004 - June 2010: Part Time lecturer, Down Arts Centre
Nov 2003 - June 2010: Self employed Studio Potter/Artist, Newcastle Co. Down
Dec2006 - Sept 2008: Artist in Residence, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
Oct 2006 - Dec 2006: Residency in National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan Aug 2004 – Sept 2006: - Part Time lecturer, Newry Institute, Co. Down
Jan 2000 - June 2001: Studio Assistant, Charter Studio London
Jan 1999 - Dec 1999: Studio Assistant, Bush Wa Zee Ceramics Sydney
July 1997 - Oct 1998: Working in several studios in Hong Kong

History and Qualifications

History and Qualifications

1972 - Born in Belfast

Qualifications:
MA Multidisciplinary Design
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Arts
BA Hons Fine Craft Design (Ceramics) 2:1
Certificate in Foundation Studies in Art and Design

Education
University of Ulster at Belfast - Sept 2009 - Jan 2010
University of Ulster at Coleraine – Sept 2008 – May 2009
University of Ulster at Belfast - Sept 2001 - June 2003
University of Ulster at Belfast - Sept 1994 - June 1997
Belfast institute - Sept 1993 - June 1994

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

The Down Arts Centre Downpatrick Nov 2006
NCA Gallery Lahore Pakistan Dec 2006
Craft NI Gallery Belfast, March/April 2010
Art Dubai DXB Store, Dubai March 2012

Press

Press

Irish Arts Review, August 2005
Ceramic Review, February 2005
Belfast Telegraph, March 2005
Ceramic Review, May 2008
Arts Council NI 2009 calendar
Ceramic Review Sept 2010
Ceramic Review Jan 2011
Gulf News, April 2012

Work Styles

Work Styles

Raku
Earthenware
Thrown
Terra Sigillata
Sgraffito
Burnished
Vases & Bowls
Sculptural
Wood
Smoke
Saggar