Mike Byrne

A Minor Thing

Fired clay
41 x 30 x 16cm
Photographer: Peter Rowen

MikeByrne A minor thing

A Minor Thing

Fired clay
41 x 30 x 16cm
Photographer: Peter Rowen

MikeByrne A minor thing-2

A Minor Thing

Fired clay, 41 x 30 x 16cm
Photographer: Peter Rowen

MikeByrne Time and Tide

Time and Tide

Fired clay, rubber, steel
43 x 29 x 17cm
Photographer: Peter Rowen



Clay, metal, plastic
42 x 32 x 16cm
Photographer: Peter Rowen


Unreliable Narritive

Clay, porcelain
44 x 24 x 18cm
Photographer: Peter Rowen


Perforated vessel

Clay, porcelain
42 x 22 x 17cm
Photographer: Peter Rowen


Mike Byrne

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-2020

Mike ByrneI have always been interested in domestic ceramics, more specifically the jug, the archetypical domestic object, I use it to explore the edges of, and the connections between design, function, narrative and art. The use of a combination of fired clay and other materials, both found and worked, and the freedom to play fast and loose with the elements is an attempt to erode the boundaries between these disciplines. The way in which we consider familiar objects and their various relationships with symbolism, ceramic history and material culture is also part of the exploration. 

Each structured piece is slab built, with surface patina resulting from multiple layers of engobe. Numerous firings take place until the desired depth of surface colour and texture is reached. Other elements, like the etched copper handles and spouts, are attached after the final firing.” 

Mike graduated from the Ceramics Course at Limerick School of Art and Design in 1977, followed by a period working as a designer in the Kilkenny Design workshops. In 1979 he returned to Limerick, setting up a small industrial production unit. His strong interest in printmaking culminated in completing a Fine Art MA in 2001. Having lectured throughout his career he went on to become Course Leader of the Ceramics Design Course at Limerick School of Art & Design recently retiring in 2016. He is based in Co. Limerick.


AIB Bank
Áras an Uachtarán
Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare
Limerick Chamber of Commerce
Limerick City Gallery of Art
Mary Immaculate College
Office of Public Works
Price Waterhouse
Ulster Museum
University of Limerick
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Into the Half Light, Custom House Gallery and Studios, Westport, Co. Mayo
Orto Botanico, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick
16 large format woodcuts, Murray O’Laoire Architects, Gerard Griffin St., Limerick
Urbs Antiqua, New woodcuts, University of Limerick
Skies Over Venetia and other Vistas, Glór Ennis, Clare
MA Show, Limerick City Hall

Group Exhibitions

Surface Matters, Dublin Castle; Artesania Catalunya CCAM, Barcelona, Spain and National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny 
Blurring the Edge, Hunt Museum, Limerick
Ceramics Ireland Annual Selected Members Exhibition, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
Vase: Function Reviewed, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Touchstone, Farmleigh Gallery and National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Jugs, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford
Ceramics Ireland Open, The Printworks, Dublin Castle.
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales
Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Barony Centre, Scotland
Ceramics Ireland Open, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
National Crafts Competition, RDS, Dublin; National Museum of Country Life, Mayo
VASE Function Revisited, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Ceramics, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
The Art of the Potter, Cill Rialaig, Dungeagan, Co. Kerry
CREATE, Brown Thomas, Dublin
Limerick Printmakers, Hunt Museum, Limerick
Irish Ceramic Awards, Mill Cove Gallery, Co. Cork
Culture of Clay, The Hunt Museum, Limerick
Open submission ’13, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick
Islands, Custom House Gallery, Westport, Mayo
Open submission ’12, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick
Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery Exhibition, Kulturwerk des bbk, Berlin, Germany
X, A collaborative Box Set Project, Limerick Printmakers and RTE Lyric Fm, Limerick
29th Mini Print International, Cadaqués, Spain
Burst Into Bloom, Glór Gallery, Ennis, Co. Clare
Open Submission Exhibition, Limerick Printmakers, Limerick

Contact Details:

Mike Byrne
North Circular Road

T. +353 (0)85 1541316
E. mikebyrneceramics@gmail.com