Michael Rice

Michael Rice has a Degree in Fine Craft Design, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Art and Design), and a Masters Degree in Multi Disciplinary Design, all from the University of Ulster. He has taught in schools, colleges, Universities and arts centers in Northern Ireland and internationally. Michael has completed Artist Residencies in different countries; his work is featured on the international ceramics website studiopottery.co.uk, and publishes regular articles in the international magazine of Art and Craft €Ceramic Review€. 'When looking at a shell on the beach, a stone made beautiful by the endless caress of the tide, objects, forms, things created over time by the earth, I am awed by the skill of nature. I have longed to be able to make things that look as natural as if nature had made them, to create objects that resonate with a timeless quality, with a feeling of a genesis beyond the constructed and manufactured.My current work evolves from the work I made as a degree student and although my experiments with terra sigillata stem from my time as a postgraduate I am still primarily concerned with form, beauty and symmetry. At present the forms are curvaceous and full and although they are influenced by classical pottery I feel they are highly contemporary€.