About us

“Ceramics Ireland aims to foster creativity, passion and excellence, raising the standard, quality and profile of all ceramic activity in Ireland”

Since 1977 the society has set out to be open and inclusive. The membership is comprised of artists, crafts people, collectors and friends of the society who are primarily based throughout Ireland.

A voluntary non-profit organization, we rely on our membership fees and grants to enable us to provide yearly activities.

Currently, Ceramics Ireland hosts workshops and two members exhibitions per annum. Other opportunities for our members include the Scarva/Ceramic Ireland Travel Bursary and numerous awards. These awards offered annually at our adjudicated exhibition include the Peter Brennan Pioneering Award, Mill Cove Gallery Award, Zozimus Gallery Award. We also sponsor the Ceramics Ireland award at the RDS Craft Competition annually.

The Ceramics Ireland International Festival is a biennial event held in Kilkenny. This three day event brings together Irish and International makers for an inspiring weekend of demonstrations, slideshows, lectures, firings, exhibitions and serious fun!

The ‘Ceramics Ireland’ magazine is produced biannually and distributed throughout Ireland. We regularly travel to international conferences to promote the magazine and ceramic practice in Ireland this has resulted in raising our international profile.

We continually take opportunities to promote Irish ceramics and it’s members, both nationally and internationally, enabling us to raise the profile of ceramics as a collectable art form. We recognise the skills and craftsmanship of artists working in clay and the importance of ceramics in contemporary art practice today.