Banksia Nuala O Donovan

Banksia 2 & 3

Pair of unique pieces, based on the structure/patterns of the Australian Banksia flower.
Techniques: Handbuilt, multiple firings, unglazed.
Materials: Porcelain
Year Made: 2016
Dimensions: 90 x 55 x 55cm overall
Photographer Credit: Janice o'Connell/F22. Copyright: Nuala O'Donovan

Teasel Time - Nuala O Donovan

Teasel - Time

Unique piece sculptural piece in Porcelain. Hand built - multiple firings, unglazed, high fired. Based on the regular patterns/structure of the Teasel flower and fractal geometry.
Techniques: Hand built clay, multiple firings, unglazed.
Materials: Porcelain
Year Made: 2016
Dimensions: 62 x 38 x 32Hcm
Photographer Credit: Janice O'Connell/F22. Copyright: Nuala O'Donovan

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Teasel, Exposed Interior

Porcelain, Ming and paperclay, 57x28x28cm
Photographer, Sylvain Deleu

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Banksia, Dynamic

High Fired Unglazed Porcelain, 33x38x38cm
Photographer, Sylvain Deleu

ceramics/ceirmeacht

Nuala O’Donovan

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-2020

make sculptural pieces based on the geometry of natural forms. I currently
use porcelain as my main material. The sculptural forms are constructed
slowly over a period of weeks or months, and fired a number of times during
the making process.

My work combines regular pattern with the characteristics of fractal forms
from nature. The finished forms are a result of an intuitive response to the
direction that the pattern takes as well as the irregularity in the handmade
elements of the pattern. 

I am interested in the contrasts and similarities between traditional Western aesthetics, which sought to portray beauty through classical geometry, and Eastern/Buddhist aesthetics of beauty, which celebrate the imperfection. I feel that the common area recognised by both of these traditions lies between classical symmetry in regular geometry and the characteristic of self-similarity in irregular geometry, that is; the beauty of harmonious form created by the repetition of proportion.

Nuala completed a BA in Three Dimensional Design at Middlesex University, UK in 1994. In 2008, she received an MA in Ceramics from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork. She lives and works in Cork. 

Collections

National Museum of Ireland
Ulster Museum, Northern Ireland
Cork Institute of Technology, Cork
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

2017
Golden Fleece Award – Merit Prize  
2011
Golden Fleece Award – Merit Prize  
2010
RDS National Crafts Competition: First Prize Contemporary Ceramics  
2009
RDS National Crafts Competition: First Prize Contemporary Ceramics; Ceramics Ireland Award and Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Purchase Award 
2010
Golden Fleece Award – Shortlisted  

Selected Exhibitions

2019
Surface Matters, Dublin Castle; Artesania Catalunya CCAM, Barcelona, Spain and National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny 
2018
Earth, Wind & Fire, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork 
Best of Europe, Homo Faber, Venice, Italy 
The Maker’s Hand, RDS, Dublin 
EALAÍN, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 
2017-2018 
Touchstone, Farmleigh Gallery Dublin and National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny  
2017
Theyre Fired!, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Florida, USA 
Shadow of SodeishaNational Museum of Ireland, Dublin 
RHA 187th Annual ExhibitionRHA, Dublin 
TASTE at Artgenève, Geneva, Switzerland 
2016
In Residence 2, Oliver Sears Gallery, Six Fitzroy Square, London, UK 
2015
In Residence, Oliver Sears Gallery, Six Fitzroy Square, London, UK 
Absence of Colour, Tansey Contemporary, New Mexico, USA      
DESIRE PATHS, ARTHOUSE1, London, UK   
Sculpture As Textile, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, UK 
Centered, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin & Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork   
2014+2015
SOFA Chicago, with Tansey Contemporary, Chicago, USA         
2014
Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, RUA, Belfast 
2013-2014 
EnArt’, Taichung & Taipei, Taiwan.               
2013
Five into Four, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin  
2012+2013
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK 
2012
dubh – dialogues in black, American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA 
SOFA, New York, USA 
COLLECT, London, UK (also 2010) 
Ceramic Art London, London, UK (also 2011 + 2010) 
2011
dubh – dialogues in black, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin 
TransFORM, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin 
Talking in Clay, The Courtyard, Herefordshire Centre for the Arts, UK 
2010+2011
MATERIALpoetry, American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA 
2010
RHA 180th Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin 
2009
RHA 179th Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin 

Contact Details:

Nuala O’Donovan
71 Summerhill North
St. Lukes
Cork

T. +353 87 6413651
E. nualaodonovan@hotmail.com
www.nualaodonovan.com