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Patricia Millar

 

Born in Belfast under the shadow of the Cavehill, Patricia's interest lies in the ancient past. A childhood playing around Bronze Age sites, digging clay and making bowls hardened in bonfires, have shaped her ceramic practice of today.

Site specific locations such as bog land, ice age shoreline and basalt coast offer rich pickings in clays, organics and gravels. Her work is usually pit fired.

 

An interest in a sustainable practice, fuel is sourced locally from storm dumped seaweed and wind fallen trees, to using local woodworkers' shavings to fuel pit firings.

This ancient firing marks the work with a colour signature of the landscape.

Recently her work has evolved to include wood fired pottery. Domestic ware and large moon jars are marked with ancient Irish rock art motifs. These are eroded and weathered by fly ash and extreme heat. Work that hints of excavated finds from an ancient past.

Relocating from the Ards Peninsula, her new studio and home will be near the village of Lisnagunogue on the famous Causeway Coast route.

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CERAMIC TRAINING

2014

South eastern Regional College, BTEC Level 4 Ceramics

2013 

South eastern Regional College, NOCN Level 3 Ceramics

1988

Stranmillis College, Belfast Combined Art and Education B.ed Hon

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SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022, 21,19, 18, 17, 16, 15

Ceramics Ireland Select Members’ Exhibitions, , Dublin Castle, Cowshed Gallery, Pearce Museum

 

2022, 20, 18

North Down Craft Collective Exhibition Ards Arts Centre, Griffin Gallery, The Loft Gallery

2020, 2015

Royal Ulster Academy

2020

Thrown Contemporary Winter Show, London

2020

Ceramics Showcase, Space Craft Gallery, Craft NI

2021,19, 18, 17, 16, 15

Creative Peninsula Principal Exhibition, Ards Arts Centre

2019,17,16

Copeland Collective, 3rd, 4th and 5th Wave Exhibitions- Haptik Gallery, Carnegie Library, North Down touring exhibition

2018,17,16

ForM Sculpture Exhibition, Walled Garden, Bangor

2017

Puffin Gallery, Ballycastle

2017

Five Create @ Studio Eight, Bangor

2016

Creative Momentum, representing Northern Ireland, The Art Hub, Urkult, Sweden

2016

Castle Espie Select Exhibition, Nature through Art

2016

Haptik Gallery, Small Works Show

2015

Fireland The Loft Gallery

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SOLO EXHIBITION

2017 Loft Gallery, “Working with the elements”

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AWARDS

2022

Selected by Design Craft Council of Ireland to join Design Ireland

 

2021

Arts Council Northern Ireland ER Fund

2021 The Potters’ Potter Award, Belfast Potters’ Market

2019

Arts Council Northern Ireland SIAP Grant to build a wood fired kiln

2019

Individual Artist’s Grant, Ards and North Down Borough Council Wood & soda firing course with Nic Collins & Sabine Nemet, Barn Pottery, Devon

2019

Work selected for Poster Campaign, The Creative Peninsula, Ards Arts

2017

Selected Maker for Scarva Pottery Supplies Calendar

2016

Nominated as “One to Watch” Craft NI for BBC NI The Arts Show

2016

Representing Northern Ireland, Creative Momentum, Arts Hub, Urkult, Sweden

2014

Margaret Creevy Prize “Best Achievement in Applied Art” SERC

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RESIDENCES

2021

Awarded Residency at Ballinglen Arts Foundation , Co. Mayo by Ards and North Down Borough Council

2016

Selected for Copeland Island residency in association with Copeland Island Observatory & Ards Arts

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COMMISSIONS

Present from 2018

Collaboration with the National Trust, Mount Stewart creating exclusive site specific work for shop

2019

Awards for Signal Business Centre, Young Chef of the Year

2017

"Bogland" Lectern commissioned by Seamus Heaney, HomePlace, The Helicon Theatre

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COLLECTIONS

2017 Permanent collection of pit fired and Bogland work, The Portico, Portaferry

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PUBLICATIONS & MEDIA

2021

Featured ceramic artist in "Irish Ceramics, The very best of Irish contemporary ceramics book"

2021

Guest speaker, West Forest Potters Guild

2021

Featured artist in Ireland's Homes, Interiors & Lifestyle magazine

2019

Featured artist, Ceramics Ireland “Celebrating 40 years of maker and community”

2019

Invited demonstrator, BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time

2018

Featured Artist, BBC Countryfile Autumn Special

2018

Featured artist, Freckle Magazine

2016

“One to watch” BBC NI The Arts Show

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SELECTED DESIGNER-MAKER

2021

Art on the rails, Project 24, Bangor

2021

Vault Studios, Belfast

2021

NCC&G Artisan Craft market, Ballycastle

2020

CLAY 20: Festival of Clay, Devon

2019, 18, 17

The Guildhall, Derry Art fair

2019, 18, 17

FE McWilliams Gallery

2021, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15

Creative Peninsula

2019

Turf and Grain Magazine Select Artisan Fair

2018,17

Armagh Theatre Art Centre Craft Fair

2018

Etsy Local

2016

Art&, York

2016

Creative Hub, Urkult, Sweden

Present from 2016 ND Craft Collective, Permanent maker

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TEACHING, DEMONSTRATIONS, WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

On-going from 2015 Pit Firing workshops from own studio

2021

Art on the Rails, Project 24, Bangor

2020

CLAY 20: Festival of Clay, Devon (Virtual)

2020

Maker Showcase, The Craftroom shop window, Comber

2019

“Hands Festival” An Creagan Pit firing workshop

2018

Experimental Archaeology, QUB, facilitator Building a Bronze Age Kiln 

2017

Speaker at Ceramics & it’s future Symposium, Millennium Gallery

2017

Speaker Creative Trails App launch, Creative Momentum, FE McWilliam’s Gallery

2017 Demonstrator, Seamus Heaney HomePlace Museum

2018,17

Demonstrator, Open House Festival

2018,17

Heritage Craft, Pottery Thrower

2018,17,16

Creative Peninsula Open Studio Tours

2019,18,17,16

Demonstrator Antrim & Larne, Ards & North down Borough Councils

On-going from 2014 A’Level Art and Applied Art Portfolio work, selected artist and workshop facilitator

1988-2014

Head of Key Stage 1 & Foundation, Art Co-Ordinator, Comber Primary School

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