Eleanor Swan lives in Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland.
Swan graduated from NCAD (National College of Art and Design, Dublin) in 2006 with B.Des (Ceramics) 1st Class Hons and an MA in Design (Ceramics) in 2010.
She is a passionate ceramic artist and has a very successful art practice working full time from her studio at Russborough House, Blessington, Co Wicklow, Ireland. Her ceramic practice covers a variety of issues that are of interest to her, from a current social commentary to an exploration of ceramics for our senses.
Clay, for Eleanor, provides endless possibilities to explore, how we exist, react and live in our world today. She has found that her work often results in a dialogue on issues that many are slow to comment on.
Swan has exhibited nationally and internationally and has work in many public and private collections in Ireland and abroad including New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan (2015, 2017), IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) (2013), The Museum of Decorative Arts, Dublin (2010, 2006), The National Porcelain Museum, Riga Latvia (2009), Ceramic Museum, Jingdzehn, China (2007), and the OPW (Office of Public Works) Dublin (2006).
Her work has been included in group exhibitions including Land/Marks Exhibition, Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin 2020, ArtPrize 10, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Michigan, USA 2018, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2016, Transform, Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin (2011, 2017); Parallax Art Fair, London (2014); A Touch of Pottery, Taiwan, (2014), The 178th RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2008) and Side by Side, The Hunt Museum, Limerick (2007).
- 2020 Zozimus Purchase Award, Ceramics Ireland Clay/Works Exhibition, Dublin Castle
- 2020 Circle Foundation of the Arts Award, 3rd Place Award, Lyon France.
- 2016 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Bronze Award
- 2016 Millcove Gallery Award of Excellence.
- 2013 Gallery Zozimus Award for Visual Impact at the Ceramics Ireland Exhibition, Pearse Museum Dublin
- 2004 Arnott’s Ceramic Design Award.
Eleanor Swan has participated in Artists Residencies in Japan, Taiwan, Hungary and Ireland