Awards / Bursaries
Ceramics Ireland provide several awards each year.
They are all independently selected, see below for more details
Blue Egg Gallery Bursary
Ceramics Ireland is delighted to invite applications for the 2020 Blue Egg Gallery Bursary. Applications are open to members of Ceramics Ireland and we invite you to send your applications before Friday July 17th 2020. 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
Bursary Value: €500
Deadline: Closed for 2020
Winner 2020: Cora Cummins
Ceramics Ireland Award for Creativity in Craftsmanship
The Creativity in Craftsmanship Award is awarded annually at the Selected Members Exhibition. For 2020 it will be awarded at the Open Submissions Exhibition. Award value is €500
Winner 2020: Antonio Julio Lopez Castro
Gallery Zozimus Award
Winner 2020: Eleanor Swan / Special Award to Antonio Julio Lopez Castro
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. Postponed until 2021.
Winner 2018: Chloe Dowds
Peter Brennan Pioneering Potter Award
For 2020, the Peter Brennan Pioneer Potter Award will be awarded at the Open Submission Members Exhibition. It is usually awarded annually at the Selected Members Exhibition.
Winner 2020: Jane Campbell
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.
Deadline: To be confirmed for 2020
Applications to be sent to
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