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IRELAND, SHAWN
IRELAND, SHAWN
NORTH CAROLINA
Most of 2012 was spent working for the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy. Though the work was quite different from the rhythms of making pots daily, the experience and art of the Mediterranean world continue to inspire me. I make pots with food, flowers and candles in mind. I choose to make these pots with a foundation in folk tradition. For me, this involves using a variety of hand processed local clays and glaze materials, single firing in a wood burning kiln, and using a kick wheel. These ingredients promote surprises and keep my craft connected to the natural world.

My pots continue to change over time under the influence of pottery making traditions adopted from my teachers Will Ruggles and Douglass Rankin. Several trips to central Italy have inspired a figurative direction in the form of candlesticks, vases and bowls.

The clay I mix by hand is a blend of ingredients from North Carolina and Georgia. Thirty percent of the body is local red clay. The nontoxic glazes,
which melt at 2300 degrees, are composed primarily of local feldspar, silica, red clay, kaolin and ash from my woodstove.

I fire in a two chambered, 130 cu ft kiln fueled with poplar, oak and maple strips which are salvaged from burn piles at a nearby sawmill. The pots are raw glazed and single fired for 18-20 hours. The combination of wood flame and ash, which melts into the clay and glaze, can produce colors and surfaces reminiscent of objects found in nature. Like these objects, wood fired pots can look similar to each other but never identical. This unpredictability and variation makes every kiln load a new start.

The pots are oven and dishwasher safe. Though I have never had a problem with microwave use, I can’t recommend it. Do not heat the pots on an open flame or electric burner and avoid extreme temperature changes such as freezer to preheated oven. Feel free to email if you have pottery
questions.


BORN - Lancaster, PA. 1967
Established SHAWN IRELAND POTTERY 1997

TEACHING POSITIONS
2012-2013
Studio Coordinator, University of Georgia Studies Abroad. Cortona, Italy
2003
Canton Clay Works, CT. Two week kiln building workshop with Lisa Stinson
Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithille, TN. One week workshop
2002
Penland School of Crafts, NC. Visiting Artist demonstration
1997
University of Hartford, CT. One week wood firing workshop

EDUCATION
1990
BFA, Kutztown University. Kutztown, PA.

PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS. PENLAND, NC.
1995
Ron Meyers, Throwing. Two weeks
McKenzie Smith & Suze Lindsay, Throwing. Two weeks
Norm Schulman, Painting on Clay. Two weeks
McKenzie Smith & Terry Gess, Throwing, STUDIO ASSISTANT. Eight weeks
1994
Kirk Mangus, Throwing. Two weeks
Georgia Deal, Monoprinting. Two weeks
Douglass Rankin & Will Ruggles, Throwing. Eight weeks
1993
David Shaner, Throwing. Two weeks
Dan Anderson, Throwing. Two weeks
Clary Illian, Throwing. Two weeks
Wayne Ferguson & Debra Groover, Throwing. Eight weeks
1992
Steve Loukes, Throwing, STUDIO ASSISTANT. Two weeks
Wayne Ferguson, Primitive Techniques, STUDIO ASSISTANT. Two weeks
Randy Johnston, Throwing, SCHOLARSHIP. Two weeks
George Lowe, Throwing, STUDIO ASSISTANT. Eight weeks
1991
Susan Parks, Tile making, STUDIO ASSISTANT. Two weeks
Bill Brouillard, Throwing, SCHOLARSHIP. Two weeks
Charles Malin, Handbuilding, STUDIO ASSISTANT. Two weeks
Douglass Rankin & Will Ruggles, Throwing, SCHOLARSHIP. Eight weeks
Linda Christianson, Throwing, SCHOLARSHIP. Eight weeks
1990
Charles Malin, Handbuilding. Two weeks
Eva Kwong, Handbuilding. Two weeks

PETERS VALLEY CRAFT CENTER. LAYTON, NJ.
1995
Douglass Rankin & Will Ruggles, Throwing, TEACHER ASSISTANT. Two weeks
1992
Douglass Rankin & Will Ruggles, Throwing and Kiln Building, TEACHER ASSISTANT. Two Weeks

EXHIBITIONS
2012
POUR. American Folk Gallery, Asheville, NY.
La Mostra, Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, Italy
2011
Pots & Paintings. Solo show. Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC.
Asheville in Atlanta. Mudfire Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Early Career American Woodfirers. WOODFIRE TASMANIA 2011! Deloraine, Tasmania.
Recent Work: Shawn Ireland. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
Virgins, Saints & Angels. American Folk Gallery, Asheville, NC.
From Penland. 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, TX.
Dining with Frank. Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC.
2011 Yunomi Invitational. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
2010
Art School at Old Church Show. Demarest, NJ.
Shawn Ireland Holiday Show. MADE shop, Kutztown, PA.
Via Penland. Rebus Works, Raleigh, NC.
Table Manners. Lark & Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC.
Penland Potters. TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine , NC.
30x5 Show. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
A Time & Place. Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC.
2010 Yunomi Invitational. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
Catawba Valley Pottery Festival w/ Crimson Laurel Gallery. Hickory, NC.
Hand built Ceramics. Claymakers Gallery, Durham, NC.
Hambidge Pottery Show. Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA.
Miniature Show. American Folk Gallery, Asheville, NC.
2009
Art School at Old Church Show. Demarest, NJ.
Winter Show. Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC.
22nd Annual Invitational. Alamance County Arts Council, Graham, NC.
30x5 Show. AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA.
Sharing. Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC.
The Penland Potters. Design Gallery, Burnsville, NC.
Menageries & Madonnas--Two Person Show. American Folk Gallery, Asheville, NC.
16 HANDS STUDIO TOUR. guest potter. Floyd, VA.
2008
Esposizione di Arte Visiva. Fortezza Medicea, Cortona, Italy.
Wood fired Clay from the NC Mountains. Hand in Hand Gallery, Flat Rock,NC.
National Teapot Show VII. Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC.
10th Anniversary Show! City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC.
Utilitarian Clay IV. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, TN.
2007
Shawn Ireland-Potter. Crabtree Creek Gallery, Micaville, NC.
RECENT WORKS - Paintings & Pots w/John Anthony. Butternut Gallery, Montrose, PA.
WOOD FIRED- curated by Ron Meyers. Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2006
Wild Clay. American Folk Gallery, Asheville, NC.
Off The Wall. Harrison Street Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ.
2005
The Abundant Table. American Folk Gallery, Asheville, NC.
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary. Terra Incognito Gallery, Oak Park, IL.
Southern Highland Guild 75th Year Exhibit. Sandra Blain Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN
9th Annual Alumni Art Show. Kutztown, PA.
Penland Resident Artists. Southern Highland Guild Gallery, Asheville, NC.
2004
Continuity-Tradition-Relationship. Earth and Fire Gallery, Vienna, VA.
The Fire Within. Seton Gallery, University of New Haven, CT.
Potters and their Mentors. American Folk Gallery, Asheville, NC.
2003
Setting the Standard. Southern Highland Craft Guild. Asheville, NC.
Folk Pottery of North Carolina. Craft Alliance. St. Louis, MO.
Shawn Ireland and Michael Kline. Bennett Gallery. Knoxville, TN.
Winterfest 2003. Baltimore Clayworks. Baltimore, MD.
Local Dirt. DIRT Gallery. Asheville, NC.
2001
The Clay and Community of Penland/NCECA. Penland, NC.
Sum and Substance: Penland Clay Resident Artists. Penland, NC.
Potters of GA & NC. Bascomb-Louise Gallery, Highlands, NC.
Pottery and Painting. Two Person Show with Eric Legge. American Folk Gallery, Asheville, NC.
From Shoulder To Foot. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA.
2000
Handles & Spouts: Teapots by Southern Artists. Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
100 Pitchers. NC Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC.
1999
Beyond the Northwest: Teapots. KOBO, Seattle, WA.
Eating Well. Penland, NC.
National Teapot Show IV. Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC.
28 Years of Penland's CORE Program. Penland, NC.
1998
Working Potters Around Penland. Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA.
Vessels That Pour. Lill Street Gallery. Chicago, IL.
6th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National. Market House Craft Center, Ephrata, PA.
Penland Residency Artists 1998. Penland, NC.
Put a Lid on It. Appalachian Craft Center, Smithville, TN.
Penland Resident Artists. Weizenblatt Gallery, Mars Hill, NC.
1997
Traditions in Transition. Odyssey Center, Asheville, NC.
Common Borders. Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
Anything That Pours. Appalachian Craft Center, Smithville, TN.
Penland Area Potters. Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Hot Ice 2: A Teapot Ceremony. Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC.
25th Annual Competition for NC Artists. Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC.
1996
Wood Fired Clay Exhibition. Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC.
1995
The Contemporary Teapot. Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI.
The Last Pitcher Show '95. Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL.
The 3rd Annual Teapot Exhibit. Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO.
The Vase: A Container For Flowers. Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI.
From Hand To Mouth: Cups and Mugs. Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI.
1994
Pleasures in Ceramics, Furniture, Painting, Photography and Printmaking. Hemphill Fine Arts,
Washington, DC.
Penland's Own. Penland, NC.
Prints, Paper, Books and Broadsides. Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC.
1993
Core Student Show. Penland, NC.
1990
Contemporary Crafts. Luckenbach Mill Gallery, Allentown, PA.
Kutztown University Senior Show. Kutztown, PA.

CRAFT SHOW EXHIBITIONS
2011
Philadelphia Museum Craft Show, PA
Catawba Valley Pottery Festival, Hickory, NC
Spruce Pine Potters Market, NC
2010
Mint Museum Potters Invitational, Charlotte, NC
Spruce Pine Potters Market, NC
2009
Mint Museum Potters Invitational, Charlotte, NC
Spruce Pine Potters Market, NC
2007
Mint Museum Potters Invitational, Charlotte, NC
Spruce Pine Potters Market, NC
2006
Mint Museum Potters Invitational, Charlotte, NC
Old English Inn Potters Invitational, Spruce Pine, NC
2005
Mint Museum Potters Invitational, Charlotte, NC
Southern Highland Fair, NC
Sanford Pottery Festival, NC
2004
Southern Highland Fair, NC
Charlotte, NC. American Craft Council
Sanford Pottery Festival, NC
2003
Southern Highland Fair, NC
Charlotte, NC. ACC
Sanford Pottery Festival, NC
2002
Charlotte, NC. ACC
Sanford Pottery Festival, NC
2001
Charlotte, NC. ACC
2000
Charlotte, NC. ACC
1999
Evanston, IL. ACE
Baltimore, MD. ACC
1998
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC
Charlotte, NC. ACC
Atlanta, GA. ACC
1997
Columbus, OH. ACC
Charlotte, NC. ACC

COLLECTIONS
2008
Asheville Art Museum, NC
2002
City of Rocky Mount Art Center, NC

MEMBERSHIPS
2009-present
Penland Potters
2002-present
Southern Highland Craft Guild

RESIDENCIES
2008
Visiting Artist Internship - Cortona, Italy. Fall semester. University of Georgia
2007
Visiting Artist Internship - Cortona, Italy. Spring Semester. University of Georgia
2006
Visiting Artist Internship - Cortona, Italy. Spring Semester. University of Georgia
1996-1999
Artist in Residence. Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
1993-1995
CORE Student Residency. Penland School, Penland, NC

KILN BUIDING PROJECTS
2004
32 cu. ft. gas salt kiln with Ruggles & Rankin. Jane Peiser Pottery, Penland, NC
2003
One chamber, 100 cu.ft. castable gas kiln. Muddy Creek Pottery, Old Fort, NC.
Anagama, 200 cu.ft. castable. Michael Hunt Pottery, Bakersville, NC.
Two Chamber, 70 cu.ft. wood kiln with Lisa Stinson, Canton Clay Works, Canton, CT.
2002
One Chamber, 110 cu. ft. castable wood kiln. OKRA Pottery, Bakersville, NC.
1999
Two Chamber, 130 cu. ft. wood kiln. Shawn Ireland Pottery, Bakersville, NC
1996
One Chamber, 65 cu. ft. wood kiln. Artist in Residency Program, Penland, NC.
1995
One Chamber, 50 cu. ft. wood kiln Mockingbird Pottery, Cairo, GA.
1992
Two Chamber, 70 cu. ft. wood kiln, with Ruggles & Rankin. Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ.
1991
Two Chamber, 70 cu. ft. wood kiln, with Ruggles & Rankin. Penland School, NC.