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Curling Vases

Hand thrown porcelain.h25cmxw20cm

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Rippled Vase

Hand Thrown Porcelain. h26cmxw16cm

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Unfolding dish

Hand thrown porcelain.11cmx31cmx37cm

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Cascade

porcelain, 45cm x 10cm

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Undulation

porcelain, 49cm x 10 cm

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Paper

porcelain, 40cm x 35cm x 14cm

ceramics/ceirmeacht

Karen Morgan

Karen Morgan creates elegant tableware and decorative vessels in porcelain clay. Her pieces are individually hand thrown and then altered while still in a plastic state, to create a range of unique organic forms. Morgan is drawn to porcelain for its strength and its beautiful white body, which enhances the marks of a maker’s hand and enriches any colours applied.

Morgan’s pieces are mostly functional, achieving a balance between fine sculptural contours and the rigours of everyday use. Her recent work is inspired by the art of origami, playing with folds and lines, bending the light and casting shadows to create miniature architectural forms. Morgan is fascinated at the way a small indent or fold can transform a flat canvas, charging it with energy, movement and tension.

Morgan studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design, finishing in 1996, and went on to complete the Crafts Council of Ireland Ceramic Skills & Design Course in 2000, and later in 2006. She launched her own studio and gallery in December 2010.

Selected Awards

2009
Mill Cove Gallery Purchase Award, Ceramics Ireland
2007
RDS National Crafts Competition, Winner of Ceramics Functional Category
           Ceramics Ireland Award of Excellence, RDS National Crafts Competition
2006
National Craft Gallery of Ireland, Purchase Award
          
Habitat and House and Home Student Designer of the Year
          
Irish Student Designer of the Year, RDS Interior Design Show
          
Peter Brennan Pioneering Ceramics Award
          
Feile Clai Travel Bursary

 

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2014
Portfolio & Vue, RHA Dublin
           Made in Kilkenny, “Words in the Making” Bultler House, Kikenny
2012
Bloom, Phoenix Park, Dublin
          
Showcase, RDS, Dublin
2011
A Makers Journey, Made in Kilkenny, Butler House, Kilkenny
          
Tramshed, London Design Week
2010
Portfolio, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
          
Handmade in Britain, Conran Store, London, UK
          
European Ceramic Context, Bornholm, Denmark
          
Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2009
Focus On Ceramics, Glucksman, UCC, Cork, SCA Gallery, Shropshire, UK
          
Made in Kilkenny, Butler House, Kilkenny
           Maiden Bridge Arts Center, Lancaster, UK
          
Future Makers, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
          
Ceramic Art London, The Royal Collage of Art, London, UK
          
Breaking Out, National Craft Gallery, Kilkennyy
2008
Gifted, Wexford Art Centre, Wexford
          
Ceramics at the Hallward, Hallward Gallery, Dublin
          
Ceramics Ireland, Plan Expo, RDS, Dublin
          
Ceramics Ireland, Dalky Castle, Dublin
          
Ceramics Ireland, Argillan Castle, Dublin
          
Ceramic Art London, The Royal Collage of Art, London, UK
2007
RDS, National Crafts Competition, Travelling Winners Exhibition, Mullingar Arts Centre, Mullingar, Craft Granary, Cahir, Space Craft, Belfast
2006
Emerging Makers Exhibition, Feile Clai, Aberystwyth Arts Center, Wales
          
Ceramics Ireland, Plan Expo RDS, Dublin
          
Ceramics Ireland, Dalky Castle and Heritage Centre, Dublin
          
Emerging Makers Exhibition, Feile Clai, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

 

Gallery Representation

Leech Pottery, St. Ives, UK
Catherine Hammond Gallery, West Cork
Ardmore Gallery, Co.Waterford
Gourmet Pots, Schull, Co.Cork
Cill Riaiaig Art Center, Ballingskelligs, Co.Kerry
Irish Craft Collective, Arnotts, Dublin

Contact Details:

Karen Morgan
Market St
Thomastown
Co.Kilkenny

T. +353 (0)86 166 3691
E. Karenmorganporcelain@gmail.com