Mandy Parslow, Wheel thrown wood-fired pottery, Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary, Ireland


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. Since 2006, when she built her current kiln, Mandy has specialised in wood-fired salt glazed stoneware ceramics. 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 currently Programme Leader on the BA (Hons) Design, Ceramics course at Limerick School of Art and Design and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. Mandy is currently researching towards a PhD, exploring a 'sense of place' which has been a key concern in her work for a number of years.



'Light shifts across the land altering colour, form and texture; varying by the minute, by the season. Marks left by human endeavour punctuate these changes; ploughed fields, meandering paths. Some of these patterns describe ancient cultural landscapes, others show current activity as the landscape continues to be shaped by man and nature.

My ceramic practice explores a sense of place through landscape and objects. Forms evolve from the vernacular containers and tools of rural life now preserved in museums. Conserved behind glass, no longer utilitarian, they resonate for different reasons. Rims act like horizons, the liminal space between land and sky, between internal and external. 

An exploration of the vessel and the unpredictable technique of wood-firing are appropriate ways to explore these concerns. The rootedness, physicality and close attention over a long time required by the kiln echoes a farmer's knowledge and bond to the land and provides a link with my rural heritage. The firing appears to physically embed place in the work. Each piece is both caressed and assaulted by the flame, ash and salt vapour moving through the kiln in the intense heat of the firing. Their surfaces are a record of this journey.'


Selected Group Exhibitions (to 2001):

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:

Hay Makers Gallery, Hay-on-Wye, England

Rufford Ceramics Centre, Nr Newark Nottinghamshire, England 



Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, 2013
FuLe International Ceramic Art Residency, Fuping, China, 2011


Public Collections:

Department of Foreign Affairs, 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