Ann McBride is an artist, illustrator and ceramic designer. A native of Co Clare, she is based in Stonehall, Newmarket on Fergus, East Clare. She holds a BA in Ceramic Design from LSAD (2016).
Her work is primarily concerned with the aesthetic appeal of movement. It is a feature in her illustrations, birds in flight, dancers, divers in motion – these capture joy and performace on the static ceramic surface. Illustration is at the core of her practice and the ceramic forms provide the canvas to create a new narrative. Surface decoration techniques are enhanced by her unique illustrations.
She has participated in group exhibitions in CI Clay/works, Printworks, Dublin Castle (2020), CI Touchstone, Farmleigh, Dublin (2017) and New Designers Exhibition – Emerging Design, London (2017). She has worked on projects/programmes: TAP, Clare Arts (2019/2020), Argillà Italia Italy (2020) Ceramics Residency LSAD (2019/20). Selected for Wings Ceramics exhibition, Paxos, Greece 2023.
Ann is a member of Ceramics Ireland (CI) and Visual Artists Ireland. She is a recipient of the International Arts & Crafts Design Award (2019), winner of DCCoI Future Makers Awards (2017 & 2018), and a Merit Award from TCD Book of Kells Creative Competition. She is a recipient of Clare County Council’s Tyrone Guthrie Bursary Award (2020) and the Arts Council Agility Award 2021.
Her work has been purchased by LIT Purchase Award (2016), OPW State Collection (2018). She has been commissioned by UHL (2019), LIT (2019), Clare Arts & Creative Ireland (2020) and IPS (Irish Prison Services) 2022.
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