Exhibitors and Co-Researchers

Below are images and biographies of all the co-researchers in the NCAD/CCoI Inter-Changes seminar series. They have formulated the content of the symposium, and have invited the guest speakers to join them. They will be also exhibiting at Mason Hayes & Curran and IMOCA. Click on the images to enlarge in a new window.


Untitled, 28cm x 16cm, Polished Scarva clay ES40, December 2009, Image by: Michael Kay

Karina Abdulbaneeva, was born 1971 in Ufa, Russia. She received a Diploma of an Artist Decorator (BA equivalent) from Ufa Art College (1991) and continued her education as a Graphic Designer in the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry (1992-1995). Between 1995 and 2001 she worked as a Graphic Designer and an Art Director in advertising. In 2001 Karina moved to Ireland. She started her studies in Ceramics in Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa College (CCAD) in 2002. In 2003 she continued her education in CCAD and received a BA (Honours) in 2006. Since 2008, Karina has been pursuing a MA in Ceramics in the National College of Art & Design.


‘Killadoon’, 80cm x 230cm, Woven textile, 2010, Image by: Michael Kay

Muriel Beckett is a textile artist living in Co. Wicklow. Ireland. She studied and later lectured at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and at The National College of Art & Design. Muriel was awarded a scholarship by the Irish Export Board and spent a year specialising in hand-woven textiles in Hameenlinna, Finland. Since then she has worked as an educator and as a self-employed artist. She has taken part in many group exhibitions and promotions in Ireland, America and Japan. Muriel has extensive experience of private, corporate and ecclesiastical commissions.


'New Art(e) facts', 10cm x 9.5cmx 0.03cm,Copper, oxidised, 2009, Image by: Michael Kay

Julie Connellan, is a jewellery designer living in Dublin. She is a MA Candidate in the Metals, Department of Ceramics, Glass and Metals, National College of Art & Design. She has worked in an administrative and curatorial capacity at the Schmückbar gallery, Pforzheim. She is a state certified designer of jewellery and tableware as awarded by the Berufskolleg für Design, Schmuck und Gerät Pforzheim, Germany, 2009. She holds a BA in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin, 2004. Her work has been exhibited at the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, and at the Schmückbar gallery, Pforzheim.


‘Triptych’ (detail), 80cm x 80cm each, Chinese porcelain, green celadon, copper red oxides, 2010, Image by: Michael Kay

Peter Fulop studied traditional ceramics in Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary (1985-87). He moved to his studio in the Northwest of Ireland in 2001. His work is part of many public collections including, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Inax Gallery and IWCAT Collection, Japan, the Office of Public Works and the National Museum of Ireland, Freeborn & Peter’s LLP, Chicago. Peter has received several awards, residencies and bursaries in support of his work from the Arts Council of Ireland, local County Councils and Culture Ireland. He has exhibited extensively and most recently in Jingdezhen C2 Gallery, and the Ningbo Art Museum China (2009).


'Three Vessels', 36cm x 10cm x 10cm each, Terracotta paperclay, 2010, Image by: Michael Kay

Geraldine Grubb, graduated from Limerick College of Art and Design with a First Class Honours Degree in 2007 and won the RDS Graduate Prize in the National Craft Competition in 2007. She has exhibited in Side by Side at the Hunt Museum (2007 Limerick), Image of Longing (2008 Kilkenny), Royal Ulster Academy Open Submission (Belfast 2009) and made ceramics in three international residencies in Denmark, Hungary and Iceland. An arts graduate of Dublin University, Geraldine also has a MA in Womens’ Studies, University of Limerick Born in Dublin, Geraldine now lives and works in Co. Clare.


'The Gift', Item 1: 15mm x 15mm x 15mm, Silver box with 18ct gold with brush and engraved texture, Item 2: 31 mm x 7mm, Silver dish with silver and 18ct gold apple motif details brush and engraved texture, Item 3: 130mm x 203mm, Book made of paper , card watercolour paints, gold leaf, Image by: Trinity Digital

Breda Haugh, is a designer and jeweller based in Dublin. After graduating from the National College of Art & Design in 1975 with a Honours Design, she attained a scholarship to study at Sir John Cass College, London. In 1987, she established her studio having worked for eight years in jewellery retail and manufacturing in England and Ireland. Her work draws upon historical artefacts and contemporary culture and is available in the National Museum of Ireland, select retail outlets and with private clients. She regularly participates in exhibitions and has had her work selected for numerous prestigious awards including, the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Made for America and Art of Gold.


'Erasing Memory', 14cm x 36cm x 22cm, Cast glass, 2010, Image by: Michael Kay

Eva Kelly trained as a nurse in Dublin in 1972. She moved to Australia and became involved in the glass movement there. She attended classes given by Warren Langley [glass fusing] and Paddy Robinson [glass painting]. Eva also attended Rozelle College of Visual Arts in Sydney. She won first prize in the Yenken Sandy National Australian Glass competition in 1982 and the award helped her set up her glass studio. Eva returned to Ireland in 1986 to a studio in County Kildare. She has exhibited widely in Australia, England and Ireland and is part of a group exhibition The Light Fantastic which is currently touring America.


'Awaken', ES 40 clay, unfired, 21cm x 20cm, 2010, Image by: Michael Kay

Lesley Kelly is a ceramist working in Co. Kildare, Ireland. She obtained her BDes (First Class Honours) in Ceramics from the National College of Art & Design and is currently completing a MA in Ceramics at NCAD. Working as a studio artist in England her work showcased weekly at Cambridge Craft Market (2003 - 2004). Kelly’s work was selected for the Ceramic Ireland Exhibition (2009). The exhibit travelled to Dalkey Castle, the Heritage Center and was part of ‘Plan Expo’ Home & Architectural Show, RDS, Dublin. Recently her work was featured in Architecture Now Magazine.


'M1-1', 1.3m x 5m, Digital and hand print on silk viscose, 2010, Image by: Michael Kay

Aoife Ludlow, currently works as a designer for Tactility Factory and is co-director of design consultancy, We Like Soup. She received her BDes (First Class Honours) in textiles from the National College of Art & Design and a MA in Interactive Media from University of Limerick. Ludlow worked as a research assistant at Interface, University of Ulster (2005 – 2009), on a range of collaborative projects such as Wonderland with the Helen Storey Foundation. Her work has been exhibited widely in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Austria, the USA and Argentina.


Spirit hot sculpted glass, 2008

Caroline Madden is an educator/artist teaches at the National College of Art and Design, Ireland and serves on Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society. Received, MFA, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston (1992). Professor of Art, Jacksonville University (1992-2007); directed, Governors High School Summer Program for Gifted and High Achieving Students (2001), (2003); inducted, Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2006); co-founder and director, Glass Institute of the Southeast (1997-2002); mentored students at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Assistant Professor at School for American Craft, RIT (2001-2002). Taught workshops at Pilchuck Glass School, Urban Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Centre, the Fire Station Workshops. Her works are in the collections of Ulster Museum, Belfast, National Museum, Ireland;


Untitled, 38cm x 91cm x 38cm, Ceramic, metal, plastic tubing, Jan 2010, Image by: Michael Kay
Kristy McGhie was born and educated in Scotland and is now working in Ireland as an artist/ educator. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a BA (Honours) Fine Art/Post Graduate in Environmental Art. Currently lecturing at National College of Art & Design, she is also undertaking a MA in Ceramics. She served on the Scottish Arts Council awards and purchasing panels and was Secretary/Chair of the Collective Gallery in Edinburgh. She has exhibited in Scotland, England, Germany, Japan and Ireland and has received awards from the Scottish and Irish Arts Councils, Sasakawa Foundation and the Scottish Education Department. She has been involved in several residencies, artists in industry, symposia, and community arts projects.


'Constructed Remembrance' (detail), 45cm x 45cm x 45 cm, Linen and cotton cloth, buttonhole thread, Screen printing, embelishing methods including textile lamination and stitching, 2010

Liz Nilsson, is an interdisciplinary textile artist, born 1960 in Sweden. She has practiced in the field of art and design for twenty years and moved to Ireland in 2000. She received a BA from Swedish School of Textiles, Boras, Sweden, and a MA Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has an extensive public and private commissioning record, including the Office of Public Works, Ireland. Recent exhibitions include Embellished (2009) Harris Museum and Art gallery, UK, Sculpture in Context (2009) Dublin, Object (2009) National Craft Gallery, Collect (2009), National Craft Gallery of Ireland at the Saatchi Gallery, London, Pink Thursday (2008) Trelleborg’s Museum, Sweden. She was selected to represent Ireland at the 13th International Triennial of Tapestry, 2010, Lodz, Poland.


‘Shadow Theatre’ (detail), Soda glass, engraved, enamelled, soldered, Approx. 30cm x 20cm x 50cm, 2010

Renata Pekowska, is a Polish designer-maker based in Dublin. She obtained her BDes (First Class Honours) (2008) in Glass from the National College of Art & Design and studied architecture at the University of Technology in Cracow. She has received numerous awards for her work including being selected as a finalist for, Bombay Sapphire Competition (2007); Habitat, House and Home Student Design Competition (2006 & 2007) and finalist for Cheongju 5th International Craft Competition Exhibition, Korea (2007); Royal Dublin Society, National Crafts Competition Exhibition, Dublin (2007). She was a recipient of the RHA Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Award (2007) and the Crafts Council of Ireland: Future Makers Award (2009).


‘The Devil in me is not me, he said’- Machete, Ceramic, 28cm x 25cm x 30cm, 2009, Image by: Michael Kay

Richard Quin, was born in Dublin 1982 and completed a BDes in Ceramics from the National College of Art & Design, 2008. He is currently a MA Candidate in Ceramics (NCAD). He was a BA candidate in Graphic Design at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology in 2003. His work is in private and public collections, including the permanent collection of the National Museum of Ireland and he has exhibited in Ireland, including the Royal Hibernian Academy Unselected exhibition.


‘Self-Portrait’, Images by – Simon age 4, Alison age 40+, Adam age 12, Betty age 70+, 300mm x 320mm x 150mm, Sheet glass, pen & ink, ash wood, January 2010, Image by: Michael Kay

Deirdre Rogers, is a designer who works in a variety of glass forming techniques and set up her studio in 1996. She received her BDes in Glass from the National College of Art & Design and a post-graduate diploma from Orrefors Glaskolan in Sweden. As well as commission work, Deirdre facilitates art, craft and glass-led projects in schools, strengthening her interest in integrating creative and imaginative skills in the classroom. Deirdre’s work has been exhibited in shows in Ireland, Europe and America. She has received many awards including the “Awards of Excellence” and “Best Interior Design Product”. Her work is represented in private and public collections worldwide.


‘Cross Wire’, 4cm x 4cm x 10cm, 4cm x 4cm x 6cm, Bronze, January 2010, Image by: Michael Kay

Suzanne Rogers is a Metalsmith/ Sculptor/ Educator based in Dublin. She holds a BDes in Metals from the National College of Art & Design and is currently a MA candidate in Ceramics at NCAD, specialising in Metal. In 2005 she studied Engraving and Enamelling in Ecole Boulle in Paris as part of her degree. Suzanne teaches Metals and Art in Inchicore College of Further Education, Dublin. 2008 Royal Dublin Society National Crafts Competition, Suzanne won first prize in the Gold, Silver & Alternative Materials category.


‘After Michael Leiris’, 45cm x 28cm x 34cm, Polished stoneware, 2010, Image by: Michael Kay

Eleanor Swan, born 1959, lives in Newbridge, Co Kildare. She is currently a MA candidate in Ceramics at the National College of Art & Design. She received her BDes, NCAD (2006) and has a RGN from the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin (1981). In 2002, she decided to pursue her love of art after twenty-five years in the nursing profession. As a ceramic artist she has exhibited widely in Ireland, China, Spain, Latvia and the USA. Her work is included in the public collections of the Office of Public Works, the National Museum of Ireland and the Porcelain Museum, Riga, Latvia.


Waves, 62cm x 62cm x 55cm, Ceramics, Jan 2010, Image by: Michael Kay

Clare Turley, works primarily as a functional potter, based in Co. Kildare. She graduated with a BDes from the National College of Art & Design (2006) and completed the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramic Design and Skills Course (2008). She has exhibited at the Bridge Gallery, Dublin, the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Sculpture in Context, in the Botanic Gardens (2009) and the Bar Council of Ireland in Dublin. She works with Artsquad, a community art education group based in Dublin. She has organised art projects with primary and secondary schools and with adults with disabilities and taught in the 2009 Crafts Council of Ireland’s Craft in the Classroom program.


'From Red to White', 230cm x variable lengths, Textile, 2010, Image by: Michael Kay

Brigitta Varadi, is renowned for her innovative textiles. She creates both site-specific installations and unique pieces for individuals. Her work is included in private collections and the public collections of the Office of Public Works, the Crafts Council of Ireland and Roscommon County Council. She has received several awards in support for her residencies and exhibitions from the Arts Council of Ireland, County Council and Culture Ireland. She has exhibited extensively and is winner of the Royal Dublin Society National Craft Exhibition (2007), (2008). Solo exhibitions include, Marmara University-Turkey, Kulttuurikauppila-Finland, Town Hall Art Centre and Sligo Art Gallery, Ireland.


‘Perspective’, 2.75m x 3m x 3m, Site specific installation made from electrical wire, 2009

Suzannah Vaughan, received a BDes (Honours) from the National College of Art & Design in 2003 and a MA in Visual Arts Practice from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology 2008. In 2007 her work was selected for Open Ev+a 2007, A Sense of Place, curated by Klaus Ottmann and during which she was awarded the Ev+a '07 Belltable One Person Exhibition Award. Her work has been purchased by art collectors and institutions including the National Museum of Ireland. In 2004 she was awarded the prestigious Golden Fleece Award and was one of three emerging artists awarded the 2009 Glass Art Society Emerging Artist Lecture Award.


‘Meetings' (detail), Recycled window glass, 2010

Mary Bayard White, sculptor/arts educator, Fulbright Scholar National College of Art & Design 2009-2010 received her BFA Ceramics (1970) and MFA Glass/ Painting (1982) from California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA. 1985-2005 Head of Glass Program, School of Art and Design, San Jose State University. 2005- 2009 Co-head of the Glass Department at the Crucible Fire Arts, Oakland, CA, board member Women Environmental Art Directory (WEAD), previous Glass Art Society Board member and co-site coordinator. Led workshops at over fifteen institutions including Pilchuck Glass School and Corning Glass Museum. Shows work internationally. 2010 Public Art Commission: Flood Level Marker, Boulder, CO, in collaboration with a team of geographers.

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