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ABOVE Porcelain shaped bowl

Karen Morgan

Born in Limerick in 1978, Karen first started working in clay in her home town while attending the Limerick School of Art & Design.
In 1999 she completed a Diploma in Ceramic Product Design in LSAD and went on to study at the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Pottery Skills Course in Thomastown.
Following this training, she spent a number of years working as production thrower for some of Ireland’s leading pottery studios.

In 2003, she took some time out to travel with her trade, working in New Zealand and teaching ceramics on cruise ship travelling the Caribbean. She returned to Thomastown in 2005 to attend the second year of the Pottery Skills & Design course and, since graduating in 2005, has settled there and co-established Earthworks Studio & Gallery along with two other local potters, Caroline Dolan and Oonagh Anderson.

She has been designing and making her own work there since 2007 and has won a number of prestigious awards. She is a selected member of CCOI’s Portfolio. (Craft Council of Ireland)
She exhibits her work in a number of Galleries and Fairs, both National and International,
And has been selected to exhibit again this year in Ceramic Art, London 2009, one of the UK’s leading ceramic fairs.


"I work mainly in porcelain and hand-throw a range of simple forms which are altered and distorted whilst at the plastic stage. The magic in making happens for me at this moment. The clay is at its most sensitive, being alive and responsive at the stage it calls to be moved and pushed. By distorting my freshly thrown pots I create a range of sculptural pieces that maintain an active relationship with their functional roots.  My pots echo the energy and movement which initially existed in the soft clay, as well as inspiration from the natural world around me. Washed up smooth shell forms, tidal movements eroding their existence on sand, and the flowing River Nore surrounding my tranquil studio space. The collaboration of these, as well as my hands on experimentation with plastic qualities of clay are the channels I choose to express and voice, question and contemplate, resolve and create"


Education:
Crafts Council of Ireland Certificate of Distinction, Pottery Skills and Design Course -2006 Crafts Council of Ireland Certificate of Distinction, Pottery Skills Course- 2000National Diploma Merit 1,Ceramic Product Design, Limerick School of Art and Design – 1999

Awards:
Habitat and House and Home Student Designer of the Year 2006Irish Student Designer of the Year, Royal Dublin Society Interior Design Show 2006
Feile Clai Travel Bursary
Peter Brennan Pioneering Ceramics Award 2006
National Crafts Gallery of Ireland, Purchase Award 2006,
Royal Dublin Society National Crafts Competition, Winner of Ceramics Functional Category, 2007
Ceramics Ireland Award, RDS National Crafts Competition, 2007

Exhibitions:
Pottery Skills and Design Course Graduate Exhibition, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, 19 July- 7 Aug 2006
RDS National Crafts Exhibition, Dublin, 4-19 Aug 2006
Emerging Makers Traveling Exhibition, Feile Clai, National Crafts Gallery, Ireland, 11 Aug – 1 0ct 2006
Emerging Makers Traveling Exhibition, Feile Clai, Aberystwyth Arts Center, Wales, 3 Oct – 11 Dec 2006
Ceramics Ireland Exhibition, Dalky Castle and Heritage Centre, Dublin, 11-22 Oct 2006
Ceramics Ireland Exhibition, Plan Expo RDS, Dublin, 8 -11 Nov 2006
Ceramics Ireland Exhibition, Ardgillan Castle, Dublin, 10-19 May 2007
RDS National Crafts Exhibition, Dublin, 4-19 August 2007
Jerpoint Glass Teapots Exhibition, Co.Kilkenny, 10 Aug -10 Sept 2007
Earthworks Exhibition, Co.Kilkenny, 11-19 Aug 2007
RDS,National Crafts Competition Winners Exhibition, Crafts Granary- Cahir , Space- Belfast , Sept- Dec 2007
Ceramic Art London, The Royal Collage of Art, London. 29 Feb- 2 March 2008
 

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