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

Biography:

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 has been Programme Leader on the BA (Hons) Design, Ceramics course at Limerick School of Art and Design since 2015 and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. 

Statement:

'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.

Current work expolres how ceramics, place, embodiment and temporality relate to each othe and considers the deeply-rooted ways we perceive our physical environment. Slievenamuck Hill in the Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary acts as an anchor line for this investigation.

Paths are explored and materials tested. Ceramics, so often valued for its permanence, becomes temporary as primal forms, evolved from the place itself, make their slow return to that place.'

 

Selected Group Exhibitions (to 2001):

2018
Blurring the Edge, Hunt Museum, Limerick

2017
Touchstone, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, and National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Ceramic Innovations, Wayne Arts Centre, PA, USA

2016
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

2015
PORTFOLIO@Solomon: Ceramics, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
Centred, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork
RDS Craft Awards, RDS, Dublin

2014
Centred, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Down to Earth, Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London

2013
Irish Craft Portfolio, RHA, Dublin
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
Bricks in the Rain, Wandesford Quay , Cork

 
2012
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

2011
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

2010
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

2009
RDS National Crafts Competition, Prize-winners exhibition,  Dublin and Touring, Ireland

2008
SOFA, Navy Pier, Chicago, USA (Represented by National Craft Gallery)
Pottering in the kitchen, Model House Gallery, Wales

2007
17 Prime Makers, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales
Clay 14, Woodbury Studio Gallery, Exeter, Devon, England

2006
Collectors @ Hunt Museum, Limerick
Collectors @ National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Autour de la Table, Giroussens, France

2005
Collectors @ Hunt Museum, Limerick
Christmas Presence, RDS, Dublin

2004
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

2002
Winners, National Craft Competition, RDS, Dublin and Touring, Ireland
Winners, National Craft Competition, RDS, Dublin and Touring, Ireland

2001
Winners, National Craft Competition, RDS, Dublin and Touring, Ireland

 

Solo exhibitions:

2009
Hay Makers Gallery, Hay-on-Wye, England

2006
Rufford Ceramics Centre, Nr Newark Nottinghamshire, England 

 

Residencies:

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

 

Awards:

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

 

Curation:

Culture of Clay, Hunt Museum, Limerick, 2014