Piece 4 Vallus


Unique,hand built porcelain and custom made hand brushed solid brass tray. Commissioned hand brushed brass trays in collaboration with Elements of Action. Size: 45h x 45w cm70x40x40cm

Circulus (Full Piece)

Circulus II,handbuilt porcelain, 650mm in diameter.


Spaces Within, Piece 2

Porcelain and nylon fibres, 220x280x80mm,
Photographer, Phlip Lauterbach


Spaces Within, Piece 1

Porcelain and nylon fibres, 860x280x80mm,
Photographer, Phlip Lauterbach


Spaces Within, Piece 3

Porcelain and nylon fibres, 560x180x80mm,
Photographer, Phlip Lauterbach


Isobel Egan

Isobel Egan creates delicate ceramics porcelain works. Using paper-thin shards of material, she constructs miniscule environments—abstracted rooms, cities and houses. Citing the theory of Phyllis Richardson on architecture and Peter Gray on psychology, as well as Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space as inspirations, Egan’s structures explore the fragility of life, personal space and memory.

The box rooms and ladder-like structures of her sculptures recall the cardboard box houses and other fantastical environments of childhood; flimsy structures made robust by force of imagination. They question the stability and durability of our homes and our environments, and the reality of the walls that we construct around ourselves. These references invite the viewer to contemplate their own experiences of space, childhood and memory.

Egan describes her box and ladder-like structures as “micro works of architecture,” and miniature environments for the nurturing of imagination. The walls in these pieces, although somewhat malleable, represent the essential boundaries that define personal integrity. Egan is drawn to the pallor and delicacy of porcelain, which she enforces by mixing nylon fibres into the slip.

Egan graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2005 with an MA in Ceramics.


National Museum of Ireland
Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

Selected Awards

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Summer Exhibition, Belmont Mill, Birr, Co. Offaly
2008 Birr Vintage & Arts Festival, Birr, Co. Offaly

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2012 Bravura, The Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens, Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival, Art in Action, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2011 Sliding Rock Ceramics Group Show, Ceardlann, Co. Galway, Exploring Perceptions of Contemporary Craft, Lavit Gallery, Cork, Dearc 150, RDS, Dublin
2010 Nexus, Blue Wall Gallery, Corracanvy, Cavan, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei County Ceramic Museum, Taiwan, Art in Action, Townley Hall, Drogheda, Co. Louth
2007 All Fired Up, The National Museum, Dublin, Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
2006 European Ceramic Context, Bornholm, Denmark
2006/2007 Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Limerick City Gallery of Art; South Tipperary County Museum; National Craft Gallery Kilkenny; The National Museum, Dublin
2005/2006 Not Just Pots, Irish Ceramics Of The 21st Century, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
2005 MA Show, National College of Art & Design, Dublin


Contact Details:

Isobel Egan

T. +353 86 1599573
E. isobel_egan@yahoo.ie