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

mike-byrne_allogamy

Allogamy

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

mike-byrne_unreliable-narative

Unreliable Narritive

Clay, porcelain, 44 x 24 x 18cm

mike-byrne_perferated-vessel

Perforated vessel

Clay, 42 x 22 x 17cm

ceramics/ceirmeacht

Mike Byrne

Selected for Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection 2015-2016.

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.

Collections

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
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally


Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2008  
Orto Botanico, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick
2005
16 large format woodcuts, Murray O’Laoire Architects, Gerard Griffin St., Limerick
2005-2004
Urbs Antiqua, New woodcuts, University of Limerick
2003  
Skies Over Venetia and other Vistas, Glór Ennis, Clare
2001
MA Show, Limerick City Hall

 

Group Exhibitions

2017
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2016    
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
2015    
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
2014    
Irish Ceramic Awards, Mill Cove Gallery, Co. Cork
Culture of Clay, The Hunt Museum, Limerick
2013    
Open submission ’13, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick
2012
Islands, Custom House Gallery, Westport, Mayo
Open submission ’12, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick
Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery Exhibition, Kulturwerk des bbk, Berlin, Germany
2009 
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
2008-2006
Open Submission Exhibition, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick

Contact Details:

Mike Byrne
North Circular Road
Limerick

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