John McKeag specialises in the technique of soda-glazing, producing wheel thrown tableware and exhibition pieces for the modern interior.
Primarily concerned with simplicity of form, he views each piece as an individual work of functional art. Making and firing in small batches allows him to devote time to create intriguing surface textures and colours. The nature of the firing process ensures that each piece is truly unique. His work is available from galleries across the UK and ROI.
Recognising the impact of placing their work together in a contemporary interior, ceramist John McKeag and printmaker Valerie Giannandrea decided to combine their talents to form “Firebox”, offering distinctive one-off works for modern homes.
“We are inspired by modern interiors and architecture and this is reflected in the works streamlined forms, subtle decoration and cool glaze palette.”
John McKeag originally trained in Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic where he went on to develop an interest in ceramics through a love of simple, unadorned, functional pottery. Employing the specialised technique of soda glazing, he produces a wheel-thrown range suitable for the modern home. The work of Firebox Ceramics is available through outlets in Ireland and the UK and by private commission.
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2008 The Market Place (group show), Armagh
2007 “Emerge/Infuse” (group show), Space CRAFT, Belfast
2007 “Teapots” Jerpoint Glass Studio, Kilkenny
2007 “Fresh” (group show), Flowerfield Arts Centre
2007 “New Work” Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim
2006 “Trends”, Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny Design Centre
2006 “Making It” (group show) Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim
2006 “Making It Work” Craft NI Group Show, Cotton Court, Belfast
2006 “Commissioning” (group show), Space CRAFT, Belfast Selected retail/trade fairs: 2007 British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate,
2007 Index Winners, Showcase 07, Kilkenny Design Centre, Kilkenny
2007 Showcase RDS selected for “Source”
2006 Showcase RDS Invest NI
2005 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Support for Individual Artist Programme.
Commissions Private commissions undertaken
Jan 2007 Northern Ireland Homes and Lifestyle