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stoneware clay,black slip,crackle glaze, iron spangles
21 x 21cm, 2014
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

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Riddled Bowls

stoneware clay, black slip, crackle glaze, 11 x 23cm, 2014
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

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stoneware clay, black slip, crackle slip, iron spangles, 23 x 23cm, 2014
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff


John McKeag

John McKeag graduated in 1988 with a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art (Painting) at Medlock Fine Art Centre, Manchester Polytechnic. Following this he moved to London where he completed a Diploma in Ceramics at Wandsworth College, London, 1993-1995. During this time he also spent a brief period assisting the potter Lisa Hammond at her studio in Greenwich, London.

He returned to Belfast and in 1999 and completed the “Craftworks” pottery skills course which was based in Derry. On completion of the course he worked as a freelance production thrower for a number of years before setting up his own business. In 2005 he was accepted onto the Craft N.I. “Making It ” programme and took up a placement at the Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim. He remained as Artist in Residence at the Clotworthy Arts Centre for eight years where he was able to spend time developing his work. He has recently set up a new studio in Belfast and exhibits regularly.


  • My work has changed direction over recent years with less emphasis on repetitive production of tableware ranges to work, which explores more artistic concerns. Inspiration and ideas can come from anywhere but mostly they emerge through the material and the act of making. Essentially I am a vessel maker interested in form, line, surface and the space a pot occupies and contains. I work intuitively with these elements to produce work that connects with me, feels complete and has a sculptural simplicity and presence. One pot follows on from another with new discoveries ahead.


Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Arts Council of N. Ireland

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

New Work Craft N.I, Cotton Court, Belfast
Clotworthy Arts Centre, Co. Antrim


Group Exhibitions

Making It Work, Craft N.I. Cotton Court, Belfast
Commissioning, Space Craft, Belfast
Island Arts Centre, The Island, Lisburn
Making It, Down Arts Centre, 2-6 Irish St, Downpatrick, Down
RUA 133rd Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast
RDS National Craft Awards, The Hunt Museum, Limerick
RDS National Craft Awards, RDS, Dublin
The Art of Craft, The Market Place Theatre, Armagh
Made, CDC Annual Exhibition, Space Craft, Belfast
University of Ulster, School of Art and Design, York St, Belfast
Made It, Craft N.I. Gallery, Cotton Court, Belfast
The Art of Craft, The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh
Made, CDC Annual Exhibition, Space Craft, Belfast
Handmade, Roe Valley Arts and Culture Centre, Limavady, Co. Derry
Pedestal, Craft N.I., Cotton Court Belfasty
Group Show, The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh
Emerge/ Infuse, Space Craft, Belfast
Teapots, Jerpoint Glass Studio, Kilkenny
Fresh, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, Co. Derry
Trends, Crafts Council of Ireland, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Making It, Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim

Contact Details:

John McKeag

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