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Diane McCormick

Diane Mccormick graduated with a first class Degree in Fine Craft Design from the University of Ulster and set up her workshop in 1990 in rural Co Tyrone.

Her ceramic work is highly individual, distinctive and beautifully executed. She creates large scale ceramic artworks for public places and individual smaller ceramic objects made to commission.

My own work is based on the natural world and I have an interest in conservation and bird watching which filters into my ceramic pieces. This could be the migration of swans, intimate studies of beetles or using seed pods and stones directly to create textures in my work. I use layers of different things to build up images and sometimes I just play about with materials to see what interesting things come out. These get kept until I find a use for them.

I also like to incorporate words and poetry along with the images, trying to convey a snapshot of a feeling about a place or time. I use porcelain in thin sheets and print on top with ceramic colours as well as using textures.This is fired to a translucent off white and often used with light behind it. I am also still fascinated by lustre firing and the coppery reds that can only be achieved by this difficult firing schedule.

She has undertaken major commissions from Marie Curie Cancer Care, Queens School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Northern Ireland War Museum.

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2011 Ten, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
2010 Group Exhibition, Millbank Gallery, Templepatrick
2009 WillowView Foundry, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
2009 Aug Craft Month, CraftNI, Merchant Hotel, Lisburn Courthouse
2009 Designers and Makers, FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge
2008 Joint show, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
2008 Animal Kingdom, Jerpoint Glass Gallery Kilkenny
2008 Beetles Steam Gallery, Beer, Devon
2006 Flair Craft Fair , Kings Hall Belfast
2006 Christmas ceramics Bay Tree gallery, Holywood.
2005 Ceramics Bay Tree Gallery, Holywood.
2005 Inspired By Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
2003 Barry’s Tea Sets Kilkenny, Dublin
2003 Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival
2002 Inspired, We Three Kings Gallery, Oxfordshire
2002 Organics 2, Arts Centre, Lisburn
2002 Organics 1, The Dog House Gallery Comber
2002 Fusion, Saint Patrick Centre, Downpatrick
2001 Contemporary Ceramics, The Lavit gallery, Cork
2001 Circa Patricius,The Saint Patrick Centre, Downpatrick
2001 Craft2eu, Hamburg, Germany
2001 The European Table, Travelling exhibition (Hamburg, Dublin)
2000 “Lets Get Potty” An Tuireann Arts Centre, Portree Isle of Skye
2000 “5th Biennale Ville de Langais,France Internationale de Ceramique Contemporaire”
2000 Christmas exhibition, Fenton Gallery, Cork
2000 Kilkenny Millennium Irish design Exhibition, Mansion House, Dublin
2000 RDS Craft Competition , Travelling exhibition( Derry, Cavan,Cork, Limerick)

2003 Arts Council NI award for the individual artist
2003 Artist in residence, Ballee P.S, Arts Council NI
1998 Highly commended in the Forbairt ‘New Product at Showcase’ Awards
1992 ‘EBS’ crafts competion,Award winner in the Ceramics class.
1991 Livewire regional award winner
1991 Craftworks’ award for best craft entry in Livewire final

2011 Ulster Bank Festival at Queen’s, Ulster Bank, Audience Award Trophy
2011 Good Day for Drying, Beaumont Hospital, St Joseph’s Hospital, Dublin
2011 Through the Trees, Macmillan Cancer Care Unit, Antrim Hospital
2010 Trace, Ulster Hospital, Porcelain artwork for CSSU
2009 Tree of Life, Garden of Dreams, Belfast City Hospital, Ceramic artwork for Cancer Unit
2009 NI Housing Executive Ceramic Awards
2009 New Downe Hospital Ceramic Glass and Metal artwork for waiting area
2009 Belfast City Hospital Ceramic artwork for Cancer Care Unit
2009 Ulster Hospital Porcelain artwork for CSSU
2008 Memories Ceramic Artwork for Loughry College
2008 Convey Bronze Sculpture, Castle Park Walled Garden, Bangor
2008 Quilt, Queens School of Nursing and Midwifery
2008 Sunflower series, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin (Heptology Dept)
2007 Comfort Quilt Ceramic Artwork, Marie Curie Hospice , Belfast
2007 Creation Designs for floor in SCBU/HDU, Maternity, Dundonald Hospital.
2007 Daisy Chain Ceramic artwork, Maternity, Dundonald hospital.
2007 April Showers Ceramic artwork for WW2 War Museum, Belfast
2006 Picnic Children’s Respite Unit, Musgrave Park Hospital
2006 Climb Renal Unit, Ulster Hospital, Dundonald
2006 Mackerel Sky Ceramic Artwork, Lakewood Secure Unit Bangor
2006 Ripple Ceramic Artwork, Lakewood Secure Unit Bangor
2005 “I Spy”Ceramic artwork,South &East Belfast Hospital Trust, The Arches, Holywood Road, Belfast
2002 Arts and Business Awards Arts and Business, Belfast
2000-3 Barry’s Tea Awards Design Yard, Dublin
2002 Macre Na Feirme Awards Design Yard, Dublin
2001 Over the Water Ceramic Mural, Causeway Hospital Coleraine
2001 Year of The Artist Burnavon Arts Centre, Cookstown District Council
2001 Kindness and Courage Ceramic Mural, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast
2001 Trulife plates (Corporate Gifts) Through Designyard, Dublin
2000 Ceramic Bowls Derryloran Church,Cookstown

2007 Craft Traditions, BBC
2001 About the House, RTE TV
2000 Awash with Colour, BBC NI

Contact Details

16 Bookend Road
Co Tyrone
BT71 5BR

Tel: 028 8673 7008