Bottle Vessel

Scarva Handbuilding Material, 350x95mm
Photographer, Charlie Stewart-Liberty


Small Pebble Bowl

White porcelain clay, transparent glaze, 110x210mm
Photographer, Charlie Stewart-Liberty


Shallow White Bowl

Porcelain clay, transparent glaze, 60x200mm
Photographer, Roland Paschoff


Cliff Vessel 2

White porcelain clay, transparent glaze,235x120x230mm
Photographer, Emagine Media


Carved Plate

Scarva Handbuilding Material, 45x300mm
Photographer, Roland Paschoff


Fissure Bowl 2

White porcelain clay, transparent glaze, 150x310mm
Photographer, Charlie Stewart-Liberty


Freda Rupp

Freda Rupp is primarily concerned with form and with the material effects of erosion and time. The marks on her vessels are suggested by cracks and fissures in rock surface and the debris that becomes lodged there. Rupp sees these marks as a visual record of the rock’s history. She is interested in the cracks and patterns that develop around them; and in their ability to suggest images and evoke feelings and memories.

Rupp’s ceramic pieces are unglazed and intentionally non-functional. Her practice is informed by the relationship between the textured appearance and tactile quality of the finished object. Her current works are hand-built from white stoneware clay using various combinations of slabbing, coiling and moulding. Each piece is carved, multi-fired and sanded. Before the last firing, Rupp embeds white porcelain pebbles in the carving to create the distinctive marks that characterise her vessels.

Rupp studied sculpture and ceramics at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and went on to study ceramics at Canterbury Christchurch University, UK. She lives and works in Co. Waterford.


Craft Council of Ireland Embassy Collection

Selected Awards

2006 Index 50, Showcase, RDS, Dublin
2005 Group Award, Best Stand and Product Design, Showcase, RDS, Dublin


Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2012 ICCA Awards, Mill Cove Gallery, West Cork; Irish Ceramics, The Barony Centre, Westbride, Scotland
2011 ICCA Awards, Mill Cove Gallery, West Cork
2009 Celtic Connections, Welsh National Portrait Gallery, Bodelwyddan Castle, Wales
2007 St. Patrick’s Presence, Leicester Square, London, UK
2006 Collectors Event, Hunt Museum, Limerick; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Index 50 Winners Exhibition, RDS, Dublin
2005 Collectors Event, Hunt museum, Limerick



Gallery Representation

Designyard Gallery, Dublin
Ardmore Gallery, Co. Waterford
Mill Cove Gallery, West Cork

Contact Details:

Freda Rupp
15 Kenure Park
Powerscourt, Dunmore Rd.
Co. Waterford

T. +353 86 1608648