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A Visual Journey...

I thrive in the creative process of making.

As a ceramicist, I use porcelain, a pure and sensitive material, to express inner responses to observations and experiences: another voice with which I speak, in a visual, three dimensional language.


The resulting pieces carry meaning, and throughout the making process I strive to demonstrate a balance of skill, attention to detail and a true passion for my craft.

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Having commenced her ceramics journey in the 1990's, Anna pursued this passion, leading her to full time study, gaining a First Class Honours degree in Contemporary Applied Arts, specialising in Ceramics, at Belfast School of Art, Ulster University.


Following a residency there, she has had many exhibition opportunities including New Designers (London) and the prestigious RUA (Belfast) on several occasions.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland have granted individual artist awards and purchased works for their public collection, and she has had work featured in various publications.

Anna's Ceramics studio is based at her home in County Down, and her bespoke work is showcased at creative outlets locally, nationally and internationally.

Curriculum Vitae
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Education and Qualifications:

2017/2018        Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

2014/2017        B.A Hons.Contemporary Applied Art-Ceramics (First Class Honours)                                      

2013/2014        Foundation Diploma in Art & Design - Ceramics (Distinction)

Placements, Masterclasses and Residencies:

2022                 Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residential

2021                 Selected for DCCI Portfolio Membership 2021/2022

​2020                 Selected for Craft NI Launchpad Programme

2019                 Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residential 

2017/2018        Artist in Residence, Ulster University (Belfast School of Art)                                              

2016                 Placement, Belleek Pottery, Fermanagh


2023                 Cahir Arts Summer Exhibition, Tipperary (forthcoming)

2023                 Whitehouse Gallery Summer Exhibition Kircudbright, Scotland (forthcoming)

2023                 Chaiya Art Awards Gallery @ OXO, London (forthcoming)

2022                 Wales Contemporary Exhibition, Waterfront Gallery Pembrokeshire and OXO London

2022                 Irish Ceramic Awards Exhibition, Millcove Gallery, Kenmare

2022                 Sculpture in Context 2022, National Botanical Gardens, Dublin

2022                 'Creative Peninsula' Group Exhibition, Bangor and Newtownards

2021                 Solo Exhibition, Ards Arts, Town Hall, Newtownards

2021                 ‘Creative Peninsula’, Group Exhibition, Ards Arts, Town Hall, Newtownards

2021                 RUA 140th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

2021                 'Re-New' Selected Group Exhibition, Craft NI Gallery, Belfast

2021                 'Launchpad' Group Exhibition, Craft NI Gallery, Belfast

2020                RUA 139th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

2020                ‘Unlocked’ Group  Exhibition, CraftNI Gallery, Belfast

2019                 ‘The Dinner Party’  (Solo), The Loft Gallery, Portaferry 

2019                 Graduates Annual Exhibition, Bevere Gallery, Worcester

2018                 Ulster Uni. Group Exhibition, ‘New Designers’ London

2017 & 2018     RUA 136th &  137th  Annual Exhibitions, Ulster Museum, Belfast

2017                 ‘Into a Dancer’ (Solo), Ards Arts, Town Hall, Newtownards

​2017                 Degree Show, Ulster University, Belfast

​Achievements/ Awards:

2021                'Emerging Artist' prize from 'The former Guild of Northern Ireland Designers' (The Guild)

2021                Artists Resilience funding from Arts Council of Northern Ireland

2020               Arts Council of Northern Ireland Individual Artist Award

2020               Freelands Foundation For Artists - Emergency Funding

2019                Arts Council of Northern Ireland Individual Artist Award      



2023               Commission-Food Hero Award 2023: Ards and North Down Borough Council

2017                Commission-UU/First Trust Bank: Trophy for Distinguished Graduate Award  

2017                Competitive Commission: Ulster University 

Professional Activities:

Current          Associate Member of the Craft Potters Association

Current          Member of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland

2021                Article in Irish Arts Review (Launchpad Craftni)

2021                Featured in article ‘Perspective’ Magazine, RSUA  

2021                Featured in article in Belfast Telegraph (RUA Selected work)

2019                Cover Artist for ‘Creative Peninsula’ Advertising

2017/2018      Ceramics Tutor at South Eastern Regional College

2017                Article in Ceramics Ireland - UU Degree Show 

2017                Television Interview (NVTV) during Degree Show, Belfast School of Art, UU      



2022               Northern Ireland Office, Brussells

2020               Arts Council of Northern Ireland Public Collection - Work entitled: ‘Linen Legacy’


2021                Featured in book 'Irish Ceramics' By John Goode 


                        Bevere Gallery, Worcester

                        CraftNI Gallery, Belfast

                        The Doghouse Gallery, Comber

                        Gallery 1608, Bushmills

                        Millcove Gallery, Kenmare

                        The Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales

                        SO fine Art Editions, Dublin

                        Cahir Arts, Tipperary

                        Waterfront Gallery, Wales

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