MikeByrne A minor thing

A Minor Thing

Fired clay, 41 x 30 x 16cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

MikeByrne A minor thing-2

A Minor Thing

Fired clay, 41 x 30 x 16cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

MikeByrne Time and Tide

Time and Tide

Fired clay, rubber, steel, 43 x 29 x 17cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen



Clay, metal, plastic, 42 x 32 x 16cm


Unreliable Narritive

Clay, porcelain, 44 x 24 x 18cm


Perforated vessel

Clay, 42 x 22 x 17cm


Mike Byrne

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-2018

Mike Byrne’s ceramic practice explores the edges of, and the connections between design, function, narrative and art. The use of a combination of fired clay and other materials, both found and worked, combined with a loose interpretation of the components of the jug form, is an attempt to erode the boundaries between these disciplines. The way in which we consider familiar objects and their various relationships with symbolism, ceramic history and material culture is also part of the exploration.

Each structured piece is slab built, with surface patina resulting from multiple layers of engobe or coloured slips. Numerous firings take place until the desired depth of surface colour and texture is reached. Other elements like the etched copper handles and spouts are attached after the final firing.

Byrne graduated from the Ceramics Course at Limerick School of Art and Design in 1977, followed by a period working as a designer in the Kilkenny Design workshops. In 1979 he returned to Limerick, setting up a small industrial production unit. His strong interest in printmaking culminated in completing a Fine-Art MA in 2001. Having lectured throughout his career he went on to become Course Leader of the Ceramics Design Course at Limerick School of Art & Design recently retiring in 2016. He is based in Co. Limerick.


AIB Bank
Áras an Uachtarán
Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare
Limerick Chamber of Commerce
Limerick City Gallery of Art
Mary Immaculate College
Office of Public Works
Price Waterhouse
Ulster Museum
University of Limerick
National Self Portrait Collection
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Orto Botanico, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick
16 large format woodcuts, Murray O’Laoire Architects, Gerard Griffin St., Limerick
Urbs Antiqua, New woodcuts, University of Limerick
Skies Over Venetia and other Vistas, Glór Ennis, Clare
MA Show, Limerick City Hall


Group Exhibitions

Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Barony Centre, Scotland
Ceramics Ireland Open, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
National Crafts Competition, RDS, Dublin; National Museum of Country Life, Mayo
VASE Function Revisited, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Ceramics, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
The Art of the Potter, Cill Rialaig, Dungeagan, Co. Kerry
CREATE, Brown Thomas, Dublin
Limerick Printmakers, Hunt Museum, Limerick
Irish Ceramic Awards, Mill Cove Gallery, Co. Cork
Culture of Clay, The Hunt Museum, Limerick
Open submission ’13, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick
Islands, Custom House Gallery, Westport, Mayo
Open submission ’12, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick
Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery Exhibition, Kulturwerk des bbk, Berlin, Germany
X, A collaborative Box Set Project, Limerick Printmakers and RTE Lyric Fm, Limerick
29th Mini Print International, Cadaqués, Spain
Burst Into Bloom, Glór Gallery, Ennis, Co. Clare
Open Submission Exhibition, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick

Contact Details:

Mike Byrne
North Circular Road

T. +353 (0)85 1541316
E. mikebyrneceramics@gmail.com