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Eclipse Bowl

Parian Porcelain, 129 x 20cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen


Anne Butler

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-2018

Material, process and structure are key concepts in Anne Butler’s work. Her making process and firing techniques challenge the fallibility of materials alluding to inherent fragilities. The passage of time and cultural and individual memory is areas of interest which she explores through transformation, sequences and accumulation and dissolution of material.

Her current work is made primarily of parian porcelain which has a marble-like quality. Very thin sheets are cut, assembled and fired. ‘Wax and Wane’ is made of varying thickness of parian porcelain which is cut and assembled into cubes. Porcelain distorts and collapses at high temperatures. These cubes are placed in the kiln at varying temperatures in order to attain the required level of distortion and collapse. The resulting sequence of seven cubes explores the fallibility of structure, material and process as well as alluding to the rhythms and passage of memories and time.

Butler received a BA Ceramics from the University of Ulster, Belfast in 1985 and an MA Ceramics from the University of Wales in 2000. She is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, London and is based in Belfast.


Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection, The Hunt Museum, Limerick

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Belfast Harlequins Art Exhibition, Belfast
7 Shades, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, Co. Down
Summer Exhibition, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford
Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy Belfast
Innovations in Ceramics Art, Cambridge, UK
Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Art of Craft, Market Place Theatre, Armagh
Table Exhibition, Butler House, Kilkenny
Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy Belfast
Vial, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
Trace Elements, University of Glamorgan, Wales
Vial, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK
Relic, University of Glamorgan, Wales
Past Present Future, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire, UK
Science, Art and Technology, Newbury, Wales
Objects in Time, Brixton Art Gallery, London, UK
Fin de Siegle, The Kilvert Gallery, Hereford, UK
Teishoin, Hekinan-shi, Aichi-Ken, Japan


Gallery Representation

McKenna Gallery, Omagh

Contact Details:

Anne Butler

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