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Peter Meanley

Peter Meanley is one of Northern Ireland’s foremost ceramicists. Head of Ceramics at the University of Ulster for 30 years with a DPhil in salt glazing.

Peters influential work is represented in a wide range of international collections and museums across Ireland and the UK and in Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Spain.

“Nearly 50 years ago, upon graduation from the Royal College of Art, I found that I liked sticking bits of clay together. It still gives me a fantastic buzz. I know what I am looking for and I recognise it a little easier when I ‘see’ it. For the past 25 years, I have been a saltglaze teapot maker. Some of my pieces can even be used to make tea with, but with some it would be obtuse to try to do so. I make propositions which must contain and pour. They must be liftable and have a right to exist; an aesthetic harmony.”

Studio visits may be made by appointment.

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2011 Ceramic Design from 1860, Bonhams, London,
2010 ‘Teapotters’, Craft in the Bay Gallery, Cardiff
2010 Ton-Fever-Salz Solo Exhibition, Keramikmuseum Hoer-Grenzhausen, Germany
2009 Peter Meanley “Focus”, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2008 ‘Past Gazing, Future Glazing’, The Hunt Museum, Limerick
2008 ‘Past Gazing, Future Glazing’, UlsterFolk and Transport Museum, Holywood
2006 “Making Changes – Contemporary Craft in Northern Ireland”, Ormeau Baths Gallery,Belfast
2006 “Salt Glazed” (group exhibition Norwegian/UK), Gallery Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway
2006 “Peter Meanley” (solo) Godfrey & Watt, Harrogate
2006 “Table Manners” (group exhibition), Crafts Council Gallery, London
2006 “Songs of Salt” (group exhibition) The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2006 “Salzbrand Keramik” (group exhibition) Galerie Handwerk Koblenz, Germany
2005 “Peter Meanley Showcase”, Contemporary Ceramics, London
2005 “Peter Meanley Focus”, Contemporary Ceramics, London
2005 Irish Ceramics of the 21st Century, The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin
2003 “Salt Glaze: 10 International Artists”, De Tienschuur Tegelen, the Netherlands
2003 “Ceramic Focus”, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

2009 Arts Council Northern Ireland, Support for the Individual Artist Award
2003 Bursary, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Auckland Museum, New Zealand
Art Collection, University of Wales
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
British Council
Freisland Museum, The Netherlands
International Museum of Ceramic Art, Teramo, Italy
Limerick City Museum
Ulster Museum
Museo de Ceramica, Spain
National Museum of Ireland
State Collection of Australia
Tegelen Museum, The Netherlands
National Museum of Ceramics, The Netherlands
Weisbaden Museum, Germany
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2011 Peter Meanley (A Profile) New Ceramics
2006 ‘The Ceramics Book: A-Z Guide to 300 Ceramic Artists’, Emmanual Cooper
2005 ‘Transformations’ by Peter Meanley, Ceramic Review
2004 ‘Insulated Salt Kilns’ by Peter Meanley,Ceramics Technical (issue 18)
2009 BBC2 Priceless Antiques Roadshow

Contact Details

6 Downshire Road,
BT20 3TW

Tel: +44 (0)28 9146 6831