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Deirdre McLoughlin
Irish ceramist resident in The Netherlands

Photos: Rob Bohle

Irish ceramist Deirdre McLoughlin makes high-fired biomorphic sculpture, which is polished with diamond pads.

McLoughlin received a BA from Trinity College, Dublin in 1972, before travelling to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where Rosemary Andrews’ sculptures inspired her to work with clay. She shared a studio in Dublin with Anthony O’Brien and Jim Galligan from 1974-82, during which time Sonja Landweer was her mentor. In 1982 the work of the Sodeisha Group and a sculpture by Isamu Noguchi brought her to Kyoto, Japan, where she established a studio and took classes with the Kyoyaki master Tousai Sawamura. In 1985 she returned to Dublin, where she worked until moving to Amsterdam in 1988.

McLoughlin has acted as External Examiner in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, was a visiting lecturer and artist in a number of sculpture and ceramic departments and has given Master Class Workshops in the Fire Station Artists Studios Dublin. Her awards include an Alexander Foundation Grant (Switzerland) in 2000 and a Westerwald Prize in 2004. She is a member of the Sculptors’ Collective of Amsterdam, the Sculptors’ Society of Ireland and Irish Contemporary Ceramics.


Jury's Statement, Westerwaldpreis 2004.

"Balance and harmony, poise and contrast in each of the individual forms as well as in the interplay of the two vessels determine the first impression here. With a powerful formal language as well as proportion and fragility of the vessel types, they present themselves as sculptural objects, spatial bodies".

"In addition, unspectactular and inconspicuous, there is the elegance of the material component, of the exquisite technique which also corresponds to the language of ideas: finest marble seems to have been used rather than clay, warmth and skin-like surfaces are to be found where unglazed surface defines spatial volume. Unpretentiously, nonsense is made of the ceramic discussion about vessel and sculpture".

Website: http://www.deirdremcloughlin.com

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