Grid Form

Hand built Ceramics.
T Material Clay. Petrol Glaze.
H. 5x d 15 xw 25cm
Photographer Credit: Jim Maginn

Michael Moore - Intersect


Hand built Ceramics.
T Material Clay.
H35 x w31 xd 18cm.
Photographer Credit: Jim Maginn


Double Walled Form


Double Walled Form


Double Walled Form


Double Walled Form, Detail


Double Walled Form


Grid Form


Grid Form 2


Drum Form


Tower Form



Michael Moore

Michael Moore makes hand-built, abstract ceramic sculptures. Moore’s work draws inspiration from a variety of sources, notably a recent visit to China, where he was struck by the grand architectural ambition and vibrant colours of Beijing.

Moore’s pieces are highly polished and usually finished in white or red, the natural colours of fired clay. Recent work includes the Dazzle series, incorporating the Grid, Sentinel and Tower sculptures, in which Moore aims to deliberately deconstruct form using surface decoration. This work is inspired by the ‘dazzle’ camouflage technique used by British and US Navies in World War I, in order to disrupt a viewer’s perception of a ship’s location, distance and orientation. Citing Mondrian’s 1910 tree paintings as another key inspiration, Moore sees his Dazzle forms somewhere in between the hard edged, cartoonish decoration of the war ships, and the softness of the intricately painted branches.

Moore was born in Dublin in 1968. He graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1990.


National Museum of Ireland
The Office of Public Works, Dublin, Ireland.
The Ulster Museum, Belfast
The Embassies Collection of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs
Icheon World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Korea
Panevezys Civic Art Gallery, Lithuania
International Museum of Ceramics, Bechyne, Czech Republic
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Australia
Australian National University
Keramion, Germany
National Museum of Decorative Arts, Riga, Latvia
Taipei County Museum of Ceramics, Taipei, Taiwan
The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana, USA
Holter Art Museum, Helena, Montana, USA
The Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Australia
International Museums of Ceramics, Fuping, China
The International Ceramics Research Centre, Denmark
The International Ceramics Studio, Hungary
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA

Selected Awards

2012 Crafts Council of Ireland Irish Craft Bursary
2012 Crafts Council of Ireland External Exhibitions Award
2011 Arts Council of Northern Ireland Travel Award
2011 Culture Ireland Travel Award
2011 Crafts Council of Ireland External Exhibitions Award
2008/2011 Crafts Council of Ireland Research Mission Award
2008/2009 Crafts Council of Ireland Bursary
2007 Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP Award
2007 Crafts Council of Ireland Research Mission Award

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Solo Exhibition, Galerie Carla Koch, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Departures, Solo Exhibition, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown; Wexford Arts Centre; Strule Arts Centre, Omagh; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2005 Michael Moore Ceramique, Carlin Gallery, Paris, France

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2012 International Academy of Ceramics Exhibition, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, USA, Bricks in the Rain, Irish Ceramics in China, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2011 Irish Pavilion, International Ceramics Museums, Fuping China, Pushing the Boundaries, Contemporary Irish Ceramics, Cill Riallig Arts, Centre, Co. Kerry, transFORM, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin; Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Intonation Symposium Exhibition, Old Synagogue, Deidesheim, Germany
2010 Art Rotterdam Art Fair, The Netherlands, Slow Burn, SpaceCRAFT, Belfast, Made at The Clay Studio, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA, The International Academy of Ceramics members exhibition, Musee National de Ceramique, Paris, France
2009 Designers and Makers, F.E McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Co. Down, Object, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, In the Window, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK, Ceramics at the Hallward, The Hallward Gallery, Dublin
2008 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Yinnge County Ceramics Museum, Taipei, SOFA Chicago, USA, International Academy of Ceramics Exhibition, International Museums of Ceramics, Fuping, China, Ceramics at the Hallward, The Hallward Gallery, Dublin
2007 Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Touring Exhibition, 17 Prime Makers, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin; Aberyswyth Arts Centre, Wales, Made in Northern Ireland, A Dynamic for Change, S Dillon Ripley Centre, Washington DC, USA; Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown; Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Summer Exhibition, The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, USA
2006 Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Touring Exhibition, Marking the Landscape, 2 person show with Prof. Terry Wright, Maris Art Gallery, Perm, Russia
2005 Revealing Objects, Naughton Gallery, Queens University, Belfast, Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Touring Exhibition, Not Just Pots, 21st Century Irish Ceramics, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin




Gallery Representation

Galerie Carla Koch, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Virginia Christopher Fine Art, Calgary, Canada
Ceramic Art, Sydney, Australia
Truman Larson Gallery, Helena, USA
Marianne Heller Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany

Contact Details:

Michael Moore
33 Tyrone House
30 Adelaide St.
Belfast BT2 8HH

T. +447824905538
E. michaelmoore@ireland.com