Irish Ceramic Art, China

I'm currently taking part in a ceramic residency in Fuping, Shaanxi, China. I have travelled here with 12 other Irish ceramic artists, a writer and a photographer/film maker. We are working in Fuping for the month of September 2011 to create the foundation collection for the Irish Pavilion at the Fule International Ceramic Art Museum. The Irish Pavilion will showcase the best of the new wave of ceramic art emerging from Ireland, marrying the ancient techniques of the East to our own cultural traditions. This permanent collection will house the work we create here. The Irish ceramists are Alex Scott, Elaine Riordan, Frances Lambe, Kathleen Moroney, Kathleen Standen, Laura O'Hagan, Mandy Parslow, Michael Moore, Neil Read, Peter Fulop, Sara Flynn, Sinead Glynn and Tina Byrne. Writer, Eleanor Flegg and film maker and photographer,  Andrew Standen-Raz  have travelled with the group to document the residency. The Irish Pavilion opens on the 4th October 2011. 

You can follow our progress on Eleanor's blog 

And see Andrew's images at

 September 2011

Upcoming exhibitions

It's a busy week for exhibition openings. This Thursday 26th May, 'Then and Now' opens in the Hunt Museum Limerick. This shows new work by Limerick Ceramic Artists (and Tipperary!) inspired by the Hunt Collection. The work will be exhibited beside the original objects. The exhibition opens at 6pm, but continues until the Autumn, so plenty of time to catch it.

Sunday 29th May sees the opening of transFORM, an exhibition of 32 ceramists celebrating creativity, design and skill presented by Ceramics Ireland. This takes place in the beautiful Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park, Dublin from 2.30pm - 4.30pm. The exhibition runs until the 24th July 2011. It will then travel to the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Co. Armagh from 12th August - 24th September 2011 and finally to the Church Gallery, Limerick School of Art and Design (LIT), Clare St, Limerick from 2nd - 24th November 2011, so no excuse to miss this major exhibition of Irish Ceramics!

On the same day in Farmleigh, Irish Craft Portfolio 2011 will open following a successful run at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny.

May 2011

Photo of my studio from 1896/97

I was recently sent this photo of my studio by Mark Humphrys and Jackie Lindsay who both have an interest in the history of the Massy-Dawson family - once owners of the Ballinacourty estate in the Glen of Aherlow. The photo was probably taken by Rev. Thomas Enraght Lindsay in 1896 or 1897. You can see more at:


clonbeg lodge, 1896 or 1897

February 2011  



Interview with Bernice Paolozzi

Follow the link to listen to a recent interview with Mandy on pottery and motorbikes by Bernice Paolozzi!

November 2010


Irish Craft Portfolio

You can view Mandy's page in the Craft Council of Ireland's 'Irish Craft Portfolio 2010' at 

Irish Craft Portfolio was established by the Crafts Council of Ireland in 2005 to provide a platform for promoting craftworkers producing work to an international exhibition standard.

'Irish Craft Portfolio represents contemporary craftwork created by Irish makers that combines the highest quality craftsmanship with a consideration of material and technique that sits comfortably on the international stage. The craftwork featured in this year’s edition was chosen by an international selection panel. The work illustrated as part of the Irish Craft Portfolio publication and exhibited throughout 2010 will serve to further enhance Ireland’s reputation as a world-class source of contemporary craft.'''

The selection for the 2011 publication took place this month and is due for publication early in the new year.

November 2010

Sculptural Ceramics

Mandy is included in a recent list of the top 30 Irish Contemporary Ceramic Artists. Below is from the current issue of the Irish Arts Review (vol. 27, no. 4)

A list of the leading contemporary artists working in ceramic as a sculptural medium has been compiled by the committee of the Irish Contemporary Ceramic Awards. The names were selected from a long-list of about sixty artists, many garnered from former entrants to the awards, previously known as the Hallward Awards. The list was circulated among ceramic artists, collectors and other people with expertise in ceramics, each of whom was invited to select 10 names. The results were collated into a list of thirty leading Irish ceramicists whose work form the basis of a book celebrating the best of contemporary Irish sculptural ceramics. The book is the initiative of John Goode of the Mill Cove Gallery, Castletownbeare and will be published to coincide with an exhibition in May 2011. The selected artists are: Brigit Beemster, Cormac Boydell, Pat Connor, Marie Foley, Sinead Glynn, Etain Hickey, Ulrika Holmquist, Alison Kay, Christy Keeney, Marianne Klopp, Sonja Landweer, Frances Lambe, Diane McCormick, Fidelma Massey, Lucy Meagher, Peter Meanley, Karen Morgan, Nuala O'Donovan, Laura O'Hagan, Marcus O'Mahony, Mandy Parslow, Helen Quill, Neil Read, Alex Scott, Eleanor Swan, Jim Turner, Grainne Watts, Derek Wilson, David Withers and Thomas Wollen.

November 2010

The Stour Gallery - Celtic Winter

Mandy's ceramic pieces are included in an exhibition opening at the Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire, UK on 27th November 2010. The 'Celtic Winter' exhibition features work from 'Irish Craft Portfolio 2010'. The exhibition runs until the end of January 2011.

The Stour Gallery, 10 High St, Shipton on Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4AJ.

November 2010

Farmleigh Gallery

'Irish Craft Portfolio 2010' opens on Thursday 11th November at Farmleigh Gallery, Castleknock, Dublin 15. It will be officially opened by Laura Magahy, Chairman, Crafts Council of Ireland between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. The exhibition runs until 23rd December.

November 2010