Awards / Bursaries

Ceramics Ireland provide several awards each year.

They are all independently selected, see below for more details

Blue Egg Gallery Bursary

Gallery Zozimus Award

Kecskemet Hungary Residency

Peter Brennan Pioneering Potter Award

Professional Practice Award

RDS Ceramics Ireland Award of Excellence

Blue Egg Gallery Bursary

Ceramics Ireland is delighted to invite applications for the 5th Blue Egg Gallery Bursary. Applications are open to members of Ceramics Ireland and we invite you to send your applications before Friday June 28th.  The award winner will be announced at the opening of our Open Submission Members Exhibition at the The Printworks, Dublin Castle on August 3rd.

Purpose: To assist a potter/ceramic artist with the development of their practice by funding initiatives such as:

  • The purchase of equipment

  • Experimentation with new glazes

  • Attendance at courses & workshops to enhance their skills


For more information, download the Application form 

Bursary Value: €500

Deadline: Friday 28th June 2019

Winner 2018: Kate O'Kelly 

Winner 2019: Sarah Roseingrave

Gallery Zozimus Award

Winner 2019: Isobel Egan / Special Award to Michael Kobuldaze

Kecskemet, Hungary Residency

A biennial award of a residency at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet. The month long residency is open to all current members of Ceramics Ireland and will be announced at the Ceramics Ireland International Festival, Thomastown 7th - 9th September 2018. Application will open in the summer of 2020.

Winner 2018: Chloe Dowds


Peter Brennan Pioneering Potter Award

Awarded annually at the Selected Members Exhibition. 

Winner 2018: Magda Bethani

Winner 2019: Sarah Roseingrave

Professional Practice Award

Ceramics Ireland and Scarva Pottery Supplies are delighted to invite applications for the Professional Practice Award 2019. Any person who is a current member of Ceramics Ireland may apply for the award. The Award covers courses, workshops, residencies, lectures and educational trips relevant to the field of ceramics that would assist in the development of your practice. Members who were awarded the travel bursary/ Professional Practice Award in the last 3 years are not eligible.

For more information and application guidelines, download the Application form

Deadline: Extended to 12th July 2019

Applications to be sent to

Winner 2018: Isobel Egan

Winner 2019: Niamh Harte

RDS Ceramics Ireland Award of Excellence

The RDS Craft Competition took place each year in August until 2017. The selection of artists was made by the RDS panel of selectors, through photograph and application form. Ceramics Ireland provided a €500 award at the competition for many years, this award was selected by the RDS ceramics selector without consultation with Ceramics Ireland.

Winner 2017: Amy Mackle

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