While I have always been inspired by architecture and its multi-dimensional portrayal of form, the inspiration for my work is in fact multifaceted and includes architecture, space, memory and emotion. I work exclusively with porcelain as the intrinsic characteristics of the material, its translucence and delicate paper-like quality enable me to fully realise my concepts.
My work represents a relationship with space and how it shapes us, both physically and emotionally. It investigates the interrelationships between us and the buildings we inhabit. The structures I make connect these ideas and in doing so, they reflect on the human condition. I aim to pique the viewer’s curiosity, inviting them to look beyond the surface where they may discover intimate spaces that are, at first glace, hidden from view.
The fundamental basis of my work is drawn from my life journey; ultimately it encompasses my personal interactions, experiences and observations.
Isobel Egan graduated in 2005 with a Masters of Arts, Design, Ceramics from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Taylor Art Award from the Royal Dublin Society in 1999, the Golden Fleece Award (merit) in 2006 and the Visual Art Bursary Award, along with a Solo Exhibition, from Kildare County Council and Art Services in 2014.
In 2006, Isobel Egan represented Ireland at the European Ceramics Context in Borholm, Denmark. Her work is in a number of permanent collections including the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin and the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan. She is also a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and Ceramics Ireland.
2015 Solo Exhibition, Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare, Ireland.
Duality of Function, Contemporary Clay, Galway Arts Centre.
Portfolio at Solomon Fine Arts, Dublin, Ireland
Centred, Ceramics Ireland, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Generation Exhibition, NCAD, Dublin, Ireland
Moving Objects, International Academy of Ceramics, Dublin Castle, Ireland
LandMARKS, The Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Ireland
2012 Irish Craft Portfolio, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin Ireland
Eigse, VISUAL Centre of Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland
Dearc, Celebrating 150 Years of the RDS Taylor Art Award, RDS, Dublin, Ireland
Sliding Rock Gallery, Spiddal Co. Galway, Ireland
The Lavit Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Korero, Ceramics in Conversation, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
All Fired Up, The National Museum, Collins Barricks, Dublin, Ireland
2006 European Ceramic Context, Bornholm, Denmark
Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Touring Exhibition
– Limerick City Gallery of Art, South Tipperary County Museum, The National Crafts Gallery, Kilkenny; The National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin. Ireland
Not Just Pots: Irish Ceramics of the 21st Century, the National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin, Ireland
2005 MA Show, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland
Permaculture, R=MV2, The Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
1999 The Taylor Art Award, RDS Winners, travelling exhibition, RDS Dublin, Dundalk County Museum, Ulster Museum in Belfast, N. Ireland.
2015-6 Ceramic Art London, London, UK
2010 Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2005 The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin, Ireland
2001 The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin, Ireland
2014 Solo Exhibition Bursay Award, Kildare County Council, 2014
2013 Visual Arts Bursary, Kildare County Council
2006 Represented Ireland in The European Ceramic Context Exhibition, Borholm, Denmark
The Golden Fleece Award, Merit
1999 The Taylor Art Award, Royal Dublin Society
2016 Ceramics Art and Perception (Pending)
2015 Cfile, Market Place Selections from Ceramic Art London
Ceramics Ireland, ‘An Interior Perspective a Window into Light’ by Muireann Charleton
The Irish Times Magazine, ‘Artists at Clay’
2010 Ceramics Monthly ‘Korero: Ceramics in Conversation, the 2010 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale’ by Professor Glen R. Brown
New Ceramics, The European Ceramics Magazine.
Korero Ceramics in Conversation, 2010 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale
Contemporary Ceramics: An International Perspective by Emmanuel Cooper.
London: Thames and Hudson
Breaking the Mould. London: Black Dog Publishing
Ceramics Ireland, Issue 1.
The Irish Art Review, Autumn Volume 23. No.3 pages 122-124.
The Irish Arts Review Yearbook 3001, Volume 17, R.D.S Craft Competition
In Good Hands, RTE, six part Contemporary Documentary, episode 6, Ceramics.