Marlene McKibbin & Margaret O'Rorke


Marlene McKibbin

Simple or solid, rhythmic or fluid, grey & gold or colour
Jewellery collections in Stainless Steel, Gold and Acrylic

Born 1953, Newry, Co.Down, N. Ireland.

Royal College of Art  1975 - 1978 MDes RCA
Ulster College of Art  1972 - 1975 BA (First Class Hons.)

1978 Crafts Council setting up grant

Recent exhibitions
2006 Collect – V&A London
2005 Monatsringe und Tagesformen – Kunst + Handwerk, Munich
2005 Ring Tone – Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2005 Installation – Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2002 Triennale Europeenne du Bijou Contemporain – Seneffe, Belgium

2005 New Directions in Jewellery, Black Dog Publishing
2003 Month Rings – Barbara Schmidt, Berlin
1984 Classic Plastics – Sylvia Katz
Public Collections
2006 Koch Ring Collection,  Germany 
2002 Cleveland - Contemporary Collection 
1992 New Jewellery in Britain - British Council Collection
1990 Aberdeen Art Gallery, National Museums of Scotland
1983 Victoria & Albert Museum, London 
1978 Castle Howard


Margaret O'Rorke

For the past twenty-five years the translucency of fine high-fired porcelain has led me as a studio potter to throw forms which give light. Ideas stem from the nature of the material, forms that can grow from the potter's wheel, the process of firing and a sense of adventure with light and space.
A blowtorch is used to firm the clay sufficiently to cut and reform it.  Frequently, pieces are joined when leather hard. Some hand-built work has included rolled reeds.
The porcelain is unglazed in order to preserve the definition and directness of the making process.  For free-standing pieces, I now throw stoneware bases which incorporates the light fitting, and have a matt black surface.
Within each piece, incorporating the lighting technology is an integral part of the creative process. Installations, including chandeliers, wall pieces and fountains, have all involved my developing complex engineering, both electrical and mechanical. 

1976 Chichester College of Further Education – City and Guilds Teachers’ Certificate 730,
1958-59 Camberwell School of Art - Pottery N.D.D. –(National Diploma in Design – degree equivalent)
1954-58 Chelsea School of Art - Painting N.D.D. – (National Diploma in Design – degree equivalent)

Recent Exhibitions
2007 (Nov-Dec) Contemporary Applied Arts London, Showcase.
“Porcelain Garment Sculptures”. Collaboration with Jeweler Marlene McKibbin
(Oct) Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, China “International master's exhibition”.
(Sept) The Wison Art Museum and Jingdazhen Modern Art Museum in Shanghai  " World Contemporary and Public Ceramic Art"
2007 (Jun-Aug) Flow Gallery. “Commissioning Exhibition”.
(Apr-May) Oxford Museum. “Potters of Portland”.
(Feb-Mar) Galerie Besson. “Classic & Contemporary Ceramics”.
(Feb) “Collect” . Victoria and Albert Museum Flow Gallery.
2006 Galerie Besson “Clasic & Contemporary Ceramics” “Lasting Love” Bampton Artscenter
‘To Hold” Farmleigh gallery, Farmleigh Dublin, Ireland CAA New Members Nov.07 St Giles Church
2005 Galerie Besson “Summer show‘” mixed exhibition
Naked Clay’ October.Rufford Arts Center, Notinghamshire

Public Collections
Oxfordshire County Museum. Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford. Grimmerhus Museum, Denmark.
Private collections in England, Ireland, North America, Canada, Brazil,  Japan, Australia, France,Italy.

Porcelain by Caroline Whyman. Batsford./ Ceramic Technology for Potters and Sculptors by Yvonne Cuff. A & C Black 1996. /Porcelain Jack Doherty Ceramic Handbook A & C Black 2002./ Porcelain & Bone China by Sasha Wardell. Published by Crowood 2004/ Naked Clay by Jane Perryman A&C Black 2004 Ceramics with Mixed Media. Joy Boswell. A&C Black.

Articles Crafts Magazine Light Years1987 Iss. 87.Ceramics Monthly USA 1989 Ceramic Art and Perception Australia October 1997.Ceramic Review UK Jan/Feb 1999. The World of Interiors August 1999 ./ Modern Living Japan No 158 Jan.2005. House and Garden September/October 2005 





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