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Mike Byrne

Mike Byrne Ceramicist
Contact
English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+353 851541316
© Maurice Gunning

Blurring boundaries

  • • Mike studied both ceramics and print making.
  • • He creates depth through multiple firings
  • • Form and colour drive his process

From his first set of thrown egg cups, to heading up the ceramics course at Limerick College of Art and Design, Mike Byrne has spent his life making. He creates pieces with clay and other materials, breaking any purity of material and exploring the edges of design, function, narrative and art. Byrne takes the form of the jug as a conduit for the everyday object. His forms are transformations of familiar objects and bring to light our ancient material culture. They illustrate our continuing connection to objects; this is ceramics as social history, linked to food, life and death. These themes reverberate through the pieces giving them heft and significance.

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Works

  • © Roland Paschhoff
  • © Roland Paschhoff
  • © Roland Paschhoff
  • © Roland Paschhoff
  • © Roland Paschhoff
Photo: © Roland Paschhoff
A Modest Variation

A Modest Variation forms part of a larger series of sculptural jugs. Mike has always been interested in domestic ceramics, more specifically the jug, the archetypical domestic object. He uses the jug form as a starting point to explore the connections between design, function, narrative and art.

Height 49 cm
Width 25 cm
Depth 16 cm

Photo: © Roland Paschhoff
On Best Behaviour

On Best Behaviour forms part of a larger series of sculptural jugs. The freedom to play fast and freely with the elements of the jug, the use of found objects and occasional deconstruction allows him to investigate form, colour, surface and the relationship between the parts.

Height 49 cm
Width 31 cm
Depth 15 cm

Photo: © Roland Paschhoff
Sounding Board

Sounding Board forms part of a larger series of sculptural jugs. The use of found objects allows him to investigate form, colour, surface and the relationship between the parts. It is also an attempt to erode the boundaries between the disciplines.

Height 46 cm
Width 30 cm
Depth 14 cm

Photo: © Roland Paschhoff
Standard Procedure

Standard Procedure forms part of a larger series of sculptural jugs. With the series he explores the way in which we consider familiar objects and their various relationships with symbolism, ceramic history and material culture.

Height 49 cm
Width 33 cm
Depth 13 cm

Photo: © Roland Paschhoff
Things Like That

Things Like That forms part of a larger series of sculptural jugs. Mike uses the jug form as a starting point to explore the edges of, and the connections between design, function, narrative and art. The freedom to play fast and freely with the elements of the jug, the use of found objects and occasional deconstruction allows him to investigate form, colour, surface and the relationship between the parts. 

Height 45 cm
Width 35 cm
Depth 14 cm

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