Isobel Egan

Biography 

Isobel Egan is a ceramic artist living and working in Ireland. Isobel graduated in 2005 with a Masters  of Arts, Design, Ceramics from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She has received  numerous awards for her work including the Taylor Art Award from the Royal Dublin Society in 1999,  the Golden Fleece Award (merit) in 2006 and the Visual Art Bursary Award, Kildare County Council  2014. 

Isobel represented Ireland at the European Ceramics Context in Bornholm, Denmark 2006 and  2018. Her work is in a number of permanent collections including the National Museum of Ireland,  Dublin and the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan. She is a member of the Design and  Crafts Council of Ireland, Ceramics Ireland and the International Academy of Ceramics. 

Statement 

While I have always been inspired by architecture and its multi-dimensional portrayal of form, the  inspiration for my work is in fact multifaceted and includes architecture, space, memory and emotion.  I work exclusively with porcelain as the intrinsic characteristics of the material, its translucence and  delicate paper-like quality enable me to fully realise my concepts. 

My work represents a relationship with space and how it shapes us, both physically and emotionally.  It also investigates the interrelationships between us and the buildings we inhabit. The structures I  make connect these ideas and in doing so, they reflect on the human condition. I aim to pique the  viewer’s curiosity, inviting them to look beyond the surface where they may discover intimate spaces  that are, at first glance, hidden from view. 

The fundamental basis of my work is drawn from my life journey; ultimately it encompasses my  personal interactions, experiences and observations. 

MINIATURES 

Miniatures are a collection of six beautiful handmade porcelain pieces by Irish Ceramist Isobel Egan.  Her fine porcelain work explores the theme of space and our relationship with it. Each set of  Miniatures is unique, drawing inspiration from her award-winning sculptural pieces. 

“I work exclusively with porcelain as the intrinsic characteristics of the material, its  translucence and delicate paper-like quality enable me to fully realise my concepts.” 

The pieces invite you to hold them, to experience their contrasting textures, the smooth coolness of  the glaze and the almost velvety texture of the unglazed porcelain. 

Beautiful objects to collect, hold and arrange.

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