Owen Quinlan_1._9_piece_grid_ii_(2015),_70cm_x_70cm_._stoneware_fired_ceramics_

9 Piece Grid II

ceramic clay, slips, glazes and raw materials, 70cm X 70cm X 6cm, 2014


Large Individual wall piece

ceramic clay, slips, glazes and raw materials, 36cm D, 12cm H, 2014

Owen Quinlan_2._9_piece_grid_v_(2014),_70cm_x_70cm_._stoneware_fired_ceramics_

9 Piece Grid V

ceramic clay, slips, glazes and raw materials, 70cm X 70cm X 6cm, 2014


Owen Quinlan

Owen Quinlan is a Galway based artist working in the medium of Ceramics. He is a graduate of The Centre for Creative Arts & Media GMIT Galway, Cardiff School of Art & Design, and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramic Skills & Design Course. He has exhibited widely at home and abroad and continues to develop his practice from his home town of Galway.

Owen’s interest in Ceramics focuses on the innate geological and archaeological attributes of the medium. Rather than exploring utilitarian or functional aspects; his glazed surfaces are the result of ongoing research into the rocky, molten and primal forces which are central to ceramic practice. He has adapted the discipline and repetition of his craft training to methodically test materials and their transformation within the kiln. His wheel-thrown wall forms are an interpretation of the Laboratory petri dish, upon which he continually tests for new instances and outcomes.  As they document evolving combinations of material layers in relation to the firing process, they form the basis of a growing experiential understanding of these geological origins.

The intention with this work is to capture objects in a state of transition, which reference our relationship to materials and resonate back to their source – geology and the man-made object.

The individual pieces in this series also combine to form multiple installations for exhibition.


Public collection of the city of Kapfenburg, Austria
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

Visual Artists Bursary Award, Galway City Council
CPD Award, The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Mill Cove Gallery Award
Future Makers Practitioner Innovation Award, Crafts Council of Ireland
MASTARS 2011 chosen by Axisweb.org
UWIC Postgraduate Scholarship for MA Year
Student of the year Award, GMIT (Galway Mayo Institute of Technology)


Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

The National Centre for Craft & Design, Lincolnshire, UK


Group Exhibitions

VUE Art Fair, Represented by SO Fine Art Editions, RHA Dublin
Design, Make, Transform, Future Makers, LSAD Church Gallery, Limerick
European Ceramic Context 2014, Bornholm, Denmark
Interplay, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
Centred, Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park, Dublin
Young, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
Ceramics Ireland Selected Members Exhibition, Pearse Museum, Dublin
FLUX, Exhibition of Contemporary Clay, Niland House, Galway
Ceramics Ireland Members Exhibition, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
The Space Between, The Shed, Galway
Beyond Borders, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA
Members Show, Gallery 126, Galway
KB2011, Varazdin, Croatia
Kapfenburg Keramic Biennale, Austria
Fresh, British Ceramics Biennale, Stoke On Trent, UK
UWIC Masters Show, Howard Gardens, Cardiff, Wales
Degree Show, GMIT, Galway


Contact Details:

Owen Quinlan

T. +353 (0)87 662 8661
E. owenquinlan@yahoo.ie