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Artist: Shawn Ireland


Artist: Shawn Ireland
Shawn Ireland, NORTH CAROLINA
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After 20 years, I still make pots with food, flowers and candles in mind. I choose to make these pots with a foundation in folk tradition. For me, this involves using a variety of hand processed local clays and glaze materials, single firing in a wood burning kiln, and using a kick wheel. These ingredients promote surprises and keep my craft connected to the natural world.

My pots continue to change over time under the influence of pottery making traditions adopted from my teachers Will Ruggles and Douglass Rankin. Several trips to Italy have inspired a figurative direction in the form of candlesticks, vases and bowls which I call Animalware. I work quickly and playfully with the clay, searching for a solidity of form both functional and sculptural. Currently I’m trying to “unlearn”.

The clay I mix by hand is a blend of ingredients from North Carolina and Georgia. Thirty percent of the body is local red clay. The nontoxic glazes, which melt at 2300 degrees, are composed primarily of local feldspar, silica, red clay, kaolin and ash from my woodstove.

I fire in a two chambered, 130 cu ft kiln fueled with poplar, oak and maple strips which are salvaged from burn piles at a nearby sawmill. The pots are raw glazed and single fired for 18-20 hours. The combination of wood flame and ash, which melts into the clay and glaze, can produce colors and surfaces reminiscent of objects found in nature. Like these objects, wood fired pots can look similar to each other but never identical. This unpredictability and variation makes every kiln load a new start.

The pots are dishwasher and oven safe. They do not have to be preheated, but do avoid extreme temperature changes such as freezer to oven. Though I have never had a problem with microwave use, I can’t recommend it. Do not heat the pots on an open flame or electric burner.

EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Kutztown University, Pennsylvania, USA
1990 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, USAPenland Award Scholarships for the following artist tought clay and painting intensives:

1991 Bill Brouillard workshop, Will Ruggles & Douglass Rankin workshop,
Linda Christianson workshop

1992 Randy Johnston workshop

Penland School of Crafts Teachers Assistant Scholarship Award:
1991
Susan Parks workshop, Charlie Malin workshop
1992
Steve Loukes workshop, Wayne Ferguson workshop,
George Lowe workshop
1995
McKenzie Smith & Terry Gess workshop
2000
Pinkney Herbert workshop

Peters Valley Craft Center, New Jersey, USA
Teachers Assistant Scholarship Award:
1992 & 1995 Will Ruggles & Douglass Rankin workshop

EXHIBITIONS
Selected Solo & Two Person Exhibitions
2018 Bandana Pottery & Shawn Ireland: Conversation & Exploration. Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, MI

2016 Travel, Collect, Create: A Potter’s Inspiration. Haywood Community College, Clyde, NC

2015
Shawn Ireland a Venezia. Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy
Natural Affinity (with Ellen Langford). American Folk Gallery, Asheville, NC

2014
Ireland & Murphy. Andrew Charles Gallery, Asheville, NC
Works From Cortona, Italy. Solo Show. University of Georgia, USA

2013 Shawn Ireland Solo Show. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2011
Pots & Paintings. Solo Show. Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
Recent Work: Shawn Ireland. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2010 Shawn Ireland. MADE Shop, Kutztown, PA

2009 Menageries & Madonnas. Two Person Show. American Folk Gallery, Asheville, NC

2007
Shawn Ireland-Potter. Crabtree Creek Gallery, Micaville, NC
Recent Works: Paintings & Pots (with John Anthony). Butternut Gallery,
Montrose, PA

2003
Shawn Ireland & Michael Kline. Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN

SELECTED COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS
2018
CU Copper. Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, MI
Miniature Show. American Folk Gallery, Asheville, NC
Mint Museum Potters Invitational. Charlotte, NC

2017
Lineage: Celebrating Rock Creek Pottery. Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC
CRAFTED 2017. Contemporary Craft Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Current Effects. Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC
Confluence: a Woodfire Invitational. STARworks Ceramics, Star, NC
FIVE. Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, MI

2016
Craft + Design Show. Richmond, VA
“Americano Invitational”. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Small Group Show. Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, MI
All Fired Up! Pottery from the H&A Hayes Collection. Steffen Thomas Museum of
Art, Buckhead, GA
Thrown Together Potters. Invited Artist, Charlotte, NC
Hands of North Carolina. Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, MI
Penland Clay: Shaping NC Ceramics. NC Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC
2015
Mint Museum Potters Invitational. Charlotte, NC
Little Treasures. Schaller Gallery, St Joseph, MI

2014 Echoes of Egypt. Andrew Charles Gallery, Asheville, NC

2013 La Mostra. University of Georgia, Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, Italy

2012 La Mostra. University of Georgia, Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, Italy

2011
Philadelphia Museum Craft Show. Philadelphia, PA
Early Career American Woodfirers. Woodfire Tasmania! Deloraine, Tasmania

2010
Mint Museum Potters Invitational. Charlotte, NC
Art School at Old Church Invitational. Demarest, NJ
30x5 Show. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA

2009
Mint Museum Potters Invitational. Charlotte, NC
Art School at Old Church Invitational. Demarest, NJ
16 Hands Studio Tour Invitational. Floyd, VA

2008
Esposizione di Arte Visiva. Fortezza Medicea, Cortona, Italy
Utilitarian Clay IV. Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg,TN

2007
Mint Museum Potters Invitational. Charlotte, NC
WOOD FIRED- Curated by Ron Meyers. Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA

2006
Mint Museum Potters Invitational. Charlotte, NC
Off the Wall. Harrison Street Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ

2005
Mint Museum Potters Invitational. Charlotte, NC
9th Annual Alumni Show. Kutztown, PA

2004
Continuity-Tradition-Relationship. Earth & Fire Gallery, Vienna, VA
The Fire Within. Seton Gallery, University of New Haven, CT

2003
Folk Pottery of North Carolina. Craft Alliance, St Louis, MO
American Craft Council Retail Show. Charlotte, NC

2002 American Craft Council Retail Show. Charlotte, NC

2001 Potters of GA & NC. Bascomb-Louise Gallery, Highlands, NC

1999
American Craft Exposition. Evanston, IL
Beyond the Northwest. KOBO Gallery, Seattle, WA

1998
Smithsonian Craft Show. Washington, DC
Vessels That Pour. Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
American Craft Council Retail Show. Atlanta, GA

1997
American Craft Council Retail Show. Columbus, OH
American Craft Council Retail Show. Charlotte, NC

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
Italy
2015 Resident Artist Coordinator, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice
2006-2008 Visiting Artist, University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program,
Cortona

USA 1
996-1999 Resident Artist, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
1993-1995 CORE Student Fellowship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

PROFESSIONAL and TEACHING
2012-2013
Studio Coordinator, University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program,
Cortona, Italy
2003
Wood Kiln Building Workshop (with Lisa Stinson) Canton Clay Works,
Canton, CT
2003
Making & Firing Workshop, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN
2002
Visiting Artist, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
1997
Wood Firing Workshop, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
1997
Established Shawn Ireland Pottery

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Public
Asheville Art Museum, NC 2008
City of Rocky Mount Art Center, NC 2002

Private
Mr. and Mrs. John Lowry. Rocky Mount, NC 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hayes. Wilmington, NC 2008
Libba Evans. Winston-Salem, NC 1998

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
The Log Book. “Creative Conviction”. Issue 65, 2016
500 Pitchers- Contemporary Expressions of a Classic Form. 2006. Lark Books
Ceramics Monthly. January & April 2004
500 Bowls. 2003. Lark Books
500 Tea Pots- Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design. 2002. Lark Books

MEMBERSHIPS
2009 – Present Penland Potters www.penlandpottery.com

2005 – Present Toe River Arts Council www.toeriverarts.org

2002 – Present Southern Highland Craft Guild www.southernhighlandguild.org


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