Claire Curneen


Claire Curneen has established an international reputation for her figurative work and has been selected for awards in the USA, Europe and Korea.  Her work can be found in pre-eminent International public and private collections.  She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva.

‘Saints are usually remembered for the manner of their death: one extreme, ultimate agony.  Curneen’s saints, rather than appealing to others to follow them on the path to martyrdom, are consoling presences.  They have suffered pain, but now they have no fear of it.  The wounds on their bodies are hardly even disfiguring; they have survived their ordeal all-but-intact.  They stand before us now, as vulnerable as ever, yet possessed of an inner strength.  They may be hollow clay, but who could deny their more-than-material life?

Timothy Wilcox 2003 (extract from ‘Succour’ catalogue, Ruthin Craft Centre

Born 1968, Ireland

Education 
1991-92 University of Wales Institute of Higher Education, MA Ceramics
1990-91 University of Ulster, Belfast, Postgraduate Diploma, Ceramics
1987-90 Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland, Ceramics

Awards
2005 Creative Wales Award.  Arts Council of Wales
2005 Selected for 3rd World Ceramic Biennale, Korea
2001 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Gold Medal in Craft & Design
2001 Le Prix de l’AMN, Porcelain Triennale, Nyon, Switzerland

Recent exhibitions
2006 One Piece one Artist, Galerie Marianne Heller, Germany
2006 Collect at the V&A, Ruthin Craft Centre
2005 Manchester Art Gallery, 21st Century Showcase (DVD)

Commissions
2006 Museumaker, Public commission for St. Mary’s Guildhall, Boston, Lincolnshire

Public Collections
Ulster Museum, Belfast; Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork; Crafts Council, London; National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff; Sara and David Lierberman Collection, USA; V&A, London; Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales; Cleveland Craft Centre, Middlesborough; Icheon World Ceramic Centre Korea; National Museum of Scotland;

 

Exhibitions

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