Susan O'Byrne I75B2329

Leonard Wilde, Pudú and Obert Wilde, Beaver (detail from Family Tree)

Porcelain paper clay, 17 × 15 × 13cm, 12 × 15 × 12cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

Deer with alphabet blanket

Deer with alphabet blanket

Porcelain paper clay, 78 × 72 × 31cm
Photographer, Ian Marshall

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Badger

Nichrome wire and porcelain paper clay, 40 x 70 x 35cm
Photographer, Susan O'Byrne

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Fox

Nichrome wire and porcelain paper clay, 110 x 40 x 40cm
Photographer, Susan O'Byrne

ceramics/ceirmeacht

Susan O’Byrne

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

Susan O’Byrne uses the animal form as a vehicle to express human emotions. She is interested in the function and history of animal imagery – its presence in childhood imaginations and its use in storytelling, legends and folklore to simplify the complexities of adult life.

The large ceramic animal forms begin with a high-temperature wire armature. This becomes a three-dimensional line drawing onto which she can apply sheets of thinly cast paper clay. The surface of the work is then veneered with a collage of finely printed and patterned pieces of paper porcelain. O’Byrne makes reference to traditional domestic crafts in her surface decoration incorporating the aesthetics of papier-mâché, bricolage, mosaic and collage with intricate needlepoint patterns.

O’Byrne graduated from Grennan Mill Craft School in 1991. In 1999 she was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Design and Applied Art from Edinburgh College of Art where she went on to receive a postgraduate diploma in Ceramics in 2002. She is based Glasgow.

Collections

Canterbury Heritage Museum

Selected Awards

2016 
Visual Art Scotland, Richard Coley Sculpture prize
2015     
Creative Scotland, Open Project Fund Grant
2014           
Inches Carr Trust Award
2010      
Creative Scotland, Open Project Fund Grant

 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2016   
Five Sisters and a Family Tree
, Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany
2015  
Five Sisters and a Family Tree, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales
2012        
Menagerie, The Harley Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2011
Fox – Marten – Hare – and some other beasts, Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany
Grandeur Nature, Galerie Le Don du Fel, France

 

Group Exhibitions

2017
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2016    
Fly, Visual Arts Scotland, RSA, Edinburgh, Scotland
Masters of their Material, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK (also 2014)
Monumental Clay, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK
Animal Tails, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, Wales
IMAGO, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Hesse, Germany
2014
Wild Life, Susan O’Byrne and Ostinelli and Priest, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London, UK
Mary Summer & Susan O’Byrne, Bircham Gallery, Holt, UK
Selected, Dovecoat Studios, Edinburgh, Scotland (also 2013)
2013
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London, UK
In the Window, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
Future Beauty, National Craft Gallery, Killkenny, Ireland
SOFA Chicago, Chicago, USA
Naspa Figurativ, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Hesse, Germany
2012
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London, UK
COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2011   
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Künstlerisches Spielzeug – spielerische Kunst, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany
Fables and Figments, Ruthin Craft Center, Ruthin, Wales
Group Exhibition, European Makers Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Large Group Exhibition, The Lavit Gallery, Cork
Wild Thing, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales
Brandpunt Terra 2011, Galerie Terra Delft, Delft, The Netherlands
Group Show, Contemporary Ceramics, London, UK
2010       
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Creature Feature, The Harley Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2009   
Winter Collection, Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

 

Gallery Representation

Contemporary Ceramics, London, UK
Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales
Bircham Gallery, Holt, UK
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Dorothy Wightman Interiors, Camforth, UK
Lavit Gallery, Cork
Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany
Galerie Le Don du Fel, France

Contact Details:

Susan O’Byrne
Flat 2/2
177 Meadowpark Street
Glasgow
G31 2TF
Scotland

T. +44 1415563427
E. susanobyrne@hotmail.co.uk
www.susanobyrne.com