paper and inks, 41x29cm
Photographer, Michael McCrory


Red Bog

copper and vitreous enamel, 26x19cm
Photographer, Michael McCrory


Wave III

copper and vitreous enamel, 10.5x13.5cm
Photographer, Michael McCrory


My Winter Vault

cut glass, video animation, 285x240x235mm
Photographer, Michael McCrory


Bog Meadow

print, etching
Photographer, Michael McCrory


Bonny Glen

Photographer, Michael McCrory



photo intaglio, carborundum and dry point
Photographer, Michael McCrory


Pussy Willow

Copper, vitreous enamel, 140x190mm
Photographer, Michael McCrory


Deirdre McCrory

Deirdre McCrory’s work combines enamelling with print processes like etching, intaglio and carborundum. Inspired by the variety of plant and animal life in her environment, she responds to natural colours and shapes, using her drawings and photographs as source material. McCrory is particularly drawn to organic patterns in nature, originating from growing and decaying materials.

She experiments with printmaking and enamelling processes, adding subtle dimensionality to flat images through the use of multiple etching plates, and the addition of foils, wires and beads to the image surface. Her recent work has seen some key developments, including collaborations with her husband, Michael McCrory and daughter Cara Murphy, both of whom are professional silversmiths. She applied coloured enamel to a selection of Michael’s tableware, including silver bowls, pepper mill and sugar castor, and also enameled some of Cara’s pieces, notably a desk set commissioned for Downing Street.

McCrory obtained an NDD in Printed Textiles and Jewellery from Belfast College of Art in 1965. She then completed a three year Postgraduate course at the Royal College of Art leading to an MDes in Jewellery in 1968.


Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Ulster Museum - Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Lisburn Museum, Northern Ireland
Royal College of Art, UK
Dublin Castle

Selected Awards

Awarded a Support for the Individual Artist Programme grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland


Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

My Environment, solo show, Graffan Gallery, Castle Espie, Northern Ireland
Perennials, solo show, Townhouse Gallery, Belfast

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

The McCrory Family, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Wild Atlantic Way, Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre, Ireland
Plants in Print, Ulster Hospital, Belfast
SPW Mini Print International, SPW Gallery, Bangor, N. Ireland
Images of Ulster, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, N. ireland
Hopeaa & Emalia, The Craft Museum of Finland, Jyväskyla and Hoyry Galleria, Korpilahti, Finland
Conform/Confront, SPW, Hong Kong
History, SPW, N.I. Government Office, Brussels
Nature through Art, Graffan Gallery, Castle Espie, N. Ireland
Elements, OPW and Department of Finance NI; Belfast Central Library, Belfast; Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Dublin; Larne Town Hall, Antrim; Enniscorthy Castle, Wexford
All Things Autumn, Graffan Gallery, Castle Espie, Co. Down
Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Sligo
SPW, Come and See, Northern Ireland Government Offices, Brussels and Arizona
Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
SPW, History, Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ten, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim
SPW 30, Waterfront Hall, Belfast and other N. Ireland venues
Another Dimension, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Co. Down
Impressions, Galway Arts Centre
Celtic Winter, The Stour Gallery, Warwickshire, UK
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
White Christmas, Naughton Gallery, Belfast
Traces, SPW, Graffan Gallery, Castle Espie, Co. Down
Organic Geometry, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Anodyne, SPW, Ards Arts Centre, Co. Down
Impressions, Galway Arts Centre
Response, SPW, Arizona State University, USA and University of Ulster, Belfast
Cara Murphy Silver, Deirdre McCrory Enamels & Prints, Designyard, Dublin, Collection, Yard Gallery; Hollywood, Down
Small Print, Big Imagination, The Loft, Portaferry, Tourist Information Centre, Co. Down
Technique, Artzyard, Portaferry, Co. Down
SPW Exhibition, Down Arts Centre, SPW Seacourt at Homebase, Bangor, Down
Emalia, The Craft Museum of Finland, Jyväskyla; The Kuopio Design Academy, Kuopio; The Kenkavero Craft Gallery in Mikkeli, Finland
SPW Unique Repetition, SpaceCRAFT Gallery, Belfast
SPW Exhibition, Battletown Gallery, Newtownards, Down
Double Elephant, SPW and BPW, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
Fusion, 11th International Juried Enamelist Society Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Renewal: Printmakers from the New Northern Ireland, Washington D.C., USA
SPW Exhibition, Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim
Silver Connections, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn; Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
The Art of Enamel, Trackside Gallery, London, UK
SPW 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Yard Gallery, Holywood, Down
Twelve Printmakers, Townhouse Gallery, Belfast
SPW Exhibition, Monroe and Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
A Spoonful of Surprise, Studio Fusion, Oxo Tower, London, UK
VI World of Enamelling, International Exhibition, Salou, Spain


Gallery Representation

Townhouse Gallery, Belfast
Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
Stonach Gallery, Connemara, Galway
Yard Gallery, Hollywood, Down
Doghouse Gallery, Comber. Down

Contact Details:

Deirdre McCrory
22 Ballynahinch Street
Co. Down
BT26 6AW

T. +44 (0)28 9268 3014
E. deirdre@deirdremccrory.com