Margaret O'Rorke

For the past 30 years I have worked as a ceramic artist in my studio. The translucency of fine high-fired porcelain captured my imagination and led me to create thrown sculptural forms that give light.  Ideas stemmed 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.

In addition, more recently I have created translucent porcelain lighting designs for industrial manufacture. Working closely with porcelain as a studio potter has given me an intimate understanding of the material and enabled me to develop exciting approaches to the concepts of designing cast translucent porcelain forms that will be manufactured. Following my first visit to Jingdezhen in China in 2007 I was invited to return to research and develop  cast lit porcelain forms and create a lit porcelain fountain for the 2008 Jingdezhen International Ceramic exhibition and workshop.

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
2009 Work included in McKnight Residence Artist Exhibition May.
Northern Clay Center Solo Exhibition in Gallery A  ,Minneapolis Minnesota USA.
2008 May 10thth - 17th August  KOTONA III Fiskars Finland “Garment Sculptures”
Light Sculptures, Tulessa Syntynyt 
International Exhibition, Makasini, Fiskars, Finland.  
Galerie Besson 'Twenty Years, Twenty Pots'. 
Jingdezhen International Ceramic exhibition and workshop. Sanbao. China.
2007 ‘Showcase’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
‘Porcelain Garment Sculptures’, Collaboration with Jeweller Marlene McKibbin
‘International master's exhibition’, Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, China
‘World Contemporary and Public Ceramic Art’, The Wison Art Museum and Jingdazhen Modern Art Museum in Shanghai
‘Commissioning Exhibition’, Flow Gallery
‘Potters of Portland’, Oxford Museum
‘Classic & Contemporary Ceramics’, Galerie Besson
‘Collect’, Flow Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum
2006 ‘Classic & Contemporary Ceramics’, Galerie Besson ‘Lasting Love’, Bampton Artscenter
‘To Hold’ Farmleigh Gallery, Farmleigh Dublin, Ireland CAA New Members Nov.07 St Giles Church
2005 ‘Summer Show’ mixed exhibition, Galerie Besson
‘Naked Clay’, Rufford Arts Center

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

Crafts Magazine Light Years 1987 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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