Litmus Horizon

A modular construction of fragmented cast cubes that when joined create a internal labyrinth of space.As with much of my work I adapt material processes from other disciplines. The surface of Litmus Horizon is cyanotype, which is a 20th century UV photographic print process.
Techniques: Cast cubes joined, assembled and fired. Cynotype application to the surface
Materials: Parian Porcelain
Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: 45 x 45 x 42
Photographer Credit: Vizzcreative



Shift forms part of the series of work relating to domestic objects which among other things contrast technology and the handmade. Hundreds of layers of thin porcelain are built up to reference paper o an ancient heavy volume.
Techniques: Digital templates used as a reference to map and assist in constructing the thin sheets of porcelain
Materials: Parian Porcelain
Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: 45 cm x 42 x 21
Photographer Credit: vizzcreative


Respiro Series

Description: This piece explores the qualities of translucency and its tranformation in the changing light and shadow of its contours. As with all my work the fallibilty of material and process is challenged. The work contrast manmade and natural structures.
Techniques: Thin layers of porcelain and cut fired assembled and fused again in the kiln
Materials: Parian Porcealin
Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: 30 x 17 x 20cm
Photographer Credit: Vizzcreative

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Eclipse Bowl

Parian Porcelain, 129 x 20cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen


Anne Butler

Material, process and structure are key concepts in Anne Butler’s work. Her making process and firing techniques challenge the fallibility of materials alluding to inherent fragilities. The passage of time and cultural and individual memory is areas of interest which she explores through transformation, sequences and accumulation and dissolution of material.

Her current work is made primarily of parian porcelain which has a marble-like quality. Very thin sheets are cut, assembled and fired. ‘Wax and Wane’ is made of varying thickness of parian porcelain which is cut and assembled into cubes. Porcelain distorts and collapses at high temperatures. These cubes are placed in the kiln at varying temperatures in order to attain the required level of distortion and collapse. The resulting sequence of seven cubes explores the fallibility of structure, material and process as well as alluding to the rhythms and passage of memories and time.

Butler received a BA Ceramics from the University of Ulster, Belfast in 1985 and an MA Ceramics from the University of Wales in 2000. She is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, London and is based in Belfast.


Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection, The Hunt Museum, Limerick

Selected Awards

Rosemary James Memorial Fund Award, Administered by the ACNI
Sponsorship from on-line Ceramics for Innovations in Ceramics, Cambridge
Arts Council of Northern Ireland Support for Individual Artists, General Award

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Craft and Design Gallery, Leeds Nov – Jan
Royal Ulster Academy Annual; Exhibition, Ulster Museum Nov – Jan
Summer Exhibition Royal Society of Sculptors, London
Sculpture in Context, Phoenix Park, Dublin
Boyle Arts Festival. Ireland Contained, Byre, Focess Yard, Cloughmills
The Untold Story. Hallows Gallery, Belfast
True Colours, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Royal Ulster Academy, Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast
Present and Collect, Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, London
Roundhouse Gallery Derbyshire
Bravura, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford
Royal Dublin Society Craft Award Exhibition, Dublin
Paragon, Spacecraft, Belfast
Summer Exhibition Green Acres Gallery, Wexford
Artists in Craft, Cill Rialaig, Kerry. Ireland
7 Shades, Down Patrick Arts Centre
Narratives in Making, Portfolio: Critical Selection
National Craft Gallery. Kilkenny
Ruthin Craft Gallery, Wales
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Belfast Harlequins Art Exhibition, Belfast
7 Shades, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, Co. Down
Summer Exhibition, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford
Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy Belfast
Innovations in Ceramics Art, Cambridge, UK
Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Art of Craft, Market Place Theatre, Armagh
Table Exhibition, Butler House, Kilkenny
Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy Belfast
Vial, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
Trace Elements, University of Glamorgan, Wales
Vial, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK
Relic, University of Glamorgan, Wales
Past Present Future, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire, UK
Science, Art and Technology, Newbury, Wales
Objects in Time, Brixton Art Gallery, London, UK
Fin de Siegle, The Kilvert Gallery, Hereford, UK
Teishoin, Hekinan-shi, Aichi-Ken, Japan


Gallery Representation

McKenna Gallery, Omagh

Contact Details:

Anne Butler

T. +44 783 359 7139
E. annebutlerceramics@gmail.com