Peter Fulop

Peter Fulop produces delicate and expressive vessels in ash-glazed porcelain. His work is influenced by the Japanese clay tradition, specifically the Raku reduction method and wood firing techniques. Fulop’s current work is a culmination of his experiences with traditional artists in China and Japan, influenced by studies in calligraphic painting and martial arts.

Fulop’s work aims to represent movement in space on two or three dimensional surfaces. Inspired by the strong historic link between the sword and the brush, his practice is informed by the importance of the brush-stroke as a synthesis of motion and emotion. The artist begins with the stroke, emptying his mind in line with the continuous action to create marks on the clay. Fulop applies a micron layer of glaze to the surface, enhancing the brushstrokes with a holographic effect.

Fulop’s recent practice sees a shift in emphasis from the production of functional objects to a reflection on the vessel, as ceremonial container and primal symbol of the human body. Fulop aspires to reconnect with this symbolism and reawaken a fundamental consciousness of the vessel form.

Fulop studied at the School of Ceramic Studies in Hodmezovasarhely, Hungary, finishing in 1987, and undertook further studies at studios in the UK, Ireland and Japan. He lives and works in Co.Leitrim.


Fule International Ceramic Art Museum, China
Korea Ganjin Celadon Museum,Ganjin, Korea
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Mungyeong Ceramic Museum, Korea
The National Museum of Ireland
The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan
Freeborn & Peter’s LLP, Chicago, USA
INAX Corporation, Tokoname, Japan
IWCAT Collection, Tokoname, Japan
Farmleigh House Collection, Dublin

Selected Awards


2011 Artist Bursaries Roscommon County Council Art Bursaries
2011 Culture Ireland Award Department of Arts, Sport & Tourism
2011 Continued Professional Development Fund, Craft Council of Ireland
2011 Enterprise Board Grant for building a new Wood firing kiln
2011 International Fair Found, Craft Council Of Ireland
2009 Travel and Training Award Arts Council of Ireland
2008 Bursary Support for Professional Leitrim Artists Leitrim Co.   Council
2005 Visual Leitrim Art Bursaries Tyrone Guthrie Centre Regional Bursary Scheme








Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Peter Fulop, Tea House Gallery, Mungyeong, Korea, Vessel, Gallery Zozimus
2009 Peter Fulop at the C2 Gallery, PWS Art Rezidency, Jingdezhen, China
2008 TOGE, Shigaraki Ceramic Park, Japan
2007 Japanese Aspirations, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
2004 Sand, Stone & Water, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim
2003 Sunday Door, Foyer Gallery, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2012 Bricks in the Rain, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2011 Irish Craft Portfolio, RHA, Dublin; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Bricks in the Rain, Fu Tao International Ceramic Art Museum, Xi’an, China; FULE Internatonal Ceramic Art Museum, Fuping, China; transFORM, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin; Millennium Court Arts Centre, Co. Armagh; Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick; Source Arts Centre, Co. Tipperary, Contemporary Craft from Ireland, The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK, Gangjin International Ceramic Exhibition, Gangjin, Korea
2010 Inter-Changes: Craft and Context, Mason Hayes and Curren & Fulbright, Dublin, Craft and Context: Influx, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin
2010/2011 International Ceramic Exhibition, Mungyeong, Korea
2009 Idea of Egoism, 3rd Contemporary Pottery Exhibition, Ningbo Art Museum, China, Thrown, Lavit Gallery, Cork, Ceramic in Focus, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Object, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2008 SOFA Chicago, USA, Image of Longing, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2007 The Institute of Ceramic Studies Shigaraki, Japan, The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art Shigaraki, Japan, Ceramics Ireland, Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
2006/2007 St. Patrick’s Presence, Leicester SquareLondon, UK
2006 Collectors Event, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Hunt Museum, Limerick, Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Source, Gallery 8, Sundsvall, Sweden, Lifestyle, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2005 Leitrim Design House @ Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, Open Circle, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim


Gallery Representation

Leitrim Design House, Gallery Zozimus

Contact Details:

Peter Fulop
Co. Leitrim

T. +353 87 7792320