Anne Butler

Anne Butler’s ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Ararti’ Series are inspired by the urban environment and the light and shadow cast by man-made architectural forms. The abstract marks of coloured parian porcelain are transferred onto thin sheets of porcelain that are then cut, layered, assembled and joined in a plaster mould. The translucent quality of Parian evidences this layering process and allows traces and shadows to be seen.

Many years spent in Asia and Japan has had a direct influence on Butler’s work. The Japanese aesthetics and sentiments regarding natural transience, distortion and fallibility of material and process are key concepts in her work.


  • 1963 Duxford, Cambridgeshire


  • 2000 MA Ceramics, University of Wales, Cardiff
  • 1985 BA Ceramics, Ulster University, Belfast


  • 2017-18 Portfolio, Design and Craft Council of Ireland
  • 2017 Selected member, Royal British Society of Sculptors
  • 2016 General Award, support for Individual Artists, Arts Council Northern Ireland
  • 2016 Sponsorship Award, Innovations in Ceramics, On-Line Ceramics

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2017 Bravura, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Ireland
  • 2017 Hot Pots, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart
  • 2017 7 Shades, Downpatrick Arts Centre, Downpatrick
  • 2017 Narratives in Making, Critical selection, Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland, and Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales
  • 2017 Artists in Crafts, Cill Rialaig, Kerry, Ireland
  • 2017 Master Class Lecture, Irish Ceramics in Education, Limerick School of Art and Design
  • 2016 Royal Ulster Academy exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast
  • 2016 Boyle Arts Exhibition, Boyle, Ireland
  • 2016 Art of Craft, Market Place Theatre, Armagh
  • 2015 Royal Ulster Academy exhibition and artist talk, Ulster Museum, Belfast

Selected Publications

  • 2017 Back to the Future - Anne Butler, Past and Present, Felicity Straker-Graham, Ceramics Ireland, issue 39
  • 2001 Trace Elements, Work of Anne Butler, Jeff Jones, Ceramic Art and Perception, issue 46


  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  • Irish Contemporary Ceramic Collection, Hunts Museum, Limerick

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