Mandy Parslow, Ceramics


Mandy Parslow graduated in Ceramics from Cardiff School of Art and Design in 1994. She worked as a studio potter in Co. Wexford for a number of years before setting up her studio in the Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary in 1999. From 2006 to 2016, Mandy specialised in wood-fired salt glazed stoneware ceramics. Her current work explores a 'sense of place' through the use of found materials.

With work in a number of major collections, including the Department of Foreign Affairs Embassies collection, the Ulster Museum and the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums, China, Mandy exhibits nationally and internationally. In 2010 she completed an MA at the University of Limerick and since then has combined her ceramic making with lecturing finding that each practice enriches and strenghtens the other. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. 


'Our connections to place are deeply embedded and fundamentally inform how we perceive our environment. Open to multiple meanings and interpretations, sense of place is something known, but difficult to explain; physical, imagined, spatial, temporal, emotional, sensual.

This work explores how ceramics, place, embodiment and temporality relate to each other and considers the deeply rooted ways we perceive our physical environment. A wayfaring engagement with Slievenamuck Hill in the Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary and the matter found here - organic and ceramics - acts as an anchor liine for this investigation. 

Paths are explored, materials gathered, tested and manipulated. Primal forms evolve from the place itself, responding to temporal and physical diversities in the gathered materials.

As place changes each time we encounter it, so these pieces evolve from their unfired to fired forms and beyond, questioning the notion of a 'finished' piece and instead embracing change and evolution in all its guises.'


Selected Group Exhibitions (to 2001):

LAND/MARKS, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin

Land(ed): an exhibition in contemporary craft, Lavit Gallery, Cork
Blurring the Edge, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, Northern Ireland

Blurring the Edge, Hunt Museum, Limerick

Touchstone, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, and National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Ceramic Innovations, Wayne Arts Centre, PA, USA

Transformed in Fire, Gallerytop, Derbyshire, UK
Focus: Vessel, 8th Talent Award of the Nassauische Sparkasse, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany
Martinsons Award exhibition, Latvia International Ceramics Biennale, Latvia

PORTFOLIO@Solomon: Ceramics, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
Centred, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork
RDS Craft Awards, RDS, Dublin

Centred, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Down to Earth, Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London

Irish Craft Portfolio, RHA, Dublin
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
Bricks in the Rain, Wandesford Quay , Cork

Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
Bricks in the Rain, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Vessels, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Co. Kerry
Irish Craft Portfolio, RHA, Dublin

transFORM, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown & The Gallery, Limerick School of Art and Design (LIT), Limerick.
Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin & RHA, Dublin

Collect, Saatchi Galleries, London (Represented by National Craft Gallery)
Irish Pavilion, World Expo, Shanghai, China
Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny & Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin

RDS National Crafts Competition, Prize-winners exhibition,  Dublin and Touring, Ireland

SOFA, Navy Pier, Chicago, USA (Represented by National Craft Gallery)
Pottering in the kitchen, Model House Gallery, Wales

17 Prime Makers, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales
Clay 14, Woodbury Studio Gallery, Exeter, Devon, England

Collectors @ Hunt Museum, Limerick
Collectors @ National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Autour de la Table, Giroussens, France

Collectors @ Hunt Museum, Limerick
Christmas Presence, RDS, Dublin

Christmas Presence, RDS, Dublin
Bakers Dozen, Roundhouse Gallery, Derbyshire, England
Ceramic Fire Works, Tipperary Institute, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
10 Years Later.., St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales

Winners, National Craft Competition, RDS, Dublin and Touring, Ireland
Winners, National Craft Competition, RDS, Dublin and Touring, Ireland

Winners, National Craft Competition, RDS, Dublin and Touring, Ireland


Solo exhibitions:

OF PLACE, The People's Museum of Limerick, Limerick

Hay Makers Gallery, Hay-on-Wye, England

Rufford Ceramics Centre, Nr Newark Nottinghamshire, England 


Residencies / Symposia

II International symposium on Black Ceramics, Quart, Spain
Ceramic Values, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry

FuLe International Ceramic Art Residency, Fuping, China


Public Collections:

Wayne Arts Centre, PA, USA, 2017
Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany, 2016
Latvia International Ceramics Biennale, 2016
Department of Foreign Affairs, Irish Embassies Collection, 2015
National Museums of Northern Ireland, Ulster Museum, 2011
Irish Pavilion, FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums (FLICAM), Fuping, China, 2011
Consulate General of Ireland, Shanghai, China, 2010
Department of Foreign Affairs / Irish Embassies Collection, 2005, 2009
Hibernian Collection



Irish Ceramics Award, Mill Cove Gallery, 2013
Crafts Council of Ireland Award, Mill Cove Gallery, 2013
Culture Ireland/ Crafts Council of Ireland, 2011
First prize, Ceramics (traditional), RDS National Crafts Competition, 2009
Michael Casson Memorial award, Art in Clay, Britain, 2004



Culture of Clay, Hunt Museum, Limerick, 2014