Alison Kay

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Working with clay has been the central force for  Alison Kay over the past 35 years of her career. Having studied at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, Dublin from 1971-1974, she subsequently taught at the renamed Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design and Technology from 1990-2000 and now works from her studio in Shankill, Co. Dublin.

Her current sculptural work is coil and slab built using white clay, then gradually pared back and attentively worked to achieve a sense of volume and tautness. Layers of coloured Terra Sigillata (a fine liquid clay that resembles a glaze) are applied and then buffed to a shine. After the firing process, patterns are applied to the surface and then the piece is smoke fired. Through this process, the aim is to create elegant forms that are contemporary while still showing references to the past.

Alison Kay’s work is in several public collections including the National Museum of Ireland, The Office of Public Works, Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland – Foreign Embassy’s Collection and the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s collection.  She has also exhibited at the Irish Pavilion, Shanghai in 2011 and at Ceramics Art London in 2013.


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2009 The Mill Cove Gallery, Cork, Ireland


Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 Winter Exhibition – SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2022 COLLECT – Sommerset House, London
2022 Made in Ireland. Farmleigh Gallery. Dublin
2022 Royal Hibernian Academy 192nd Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2022 Conjuring Form. DCCI Critical Selection, National Craft Gallery. Kilkenny
2022 Made in Ireland. F E McWilliam Gallery. Banbridge, Co. Down
2022 Land/Marks. Ceramics Ireland Exhibition, Agrilla, Italy
2022 Making Time. Alison Kay and Frances Lambe at the Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford
2021  Made in Ireland. National Design and Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2021  Portfolio-Critical Selection. Doneraile House, Cork
2020  Unfolding.  Lexicon Gallery, Dun Laoghaire.
2020  Land/Marks.  Ceramic Ireland juried Triennial Exhibition. Farmleigh, Dublin and Faenza, Italy.
2019 Somewhere In Between, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2019 Hinterland Collaborative Exhibition, Eblana House, Dun Laoghaire
2019 The Royal Hibernian Academy 189th Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2018 The Royal Hibernian Academy 188th Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2017 VASE: Function Reviewed, Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin
2017 The Royal Hibernian Academy 187th Annual Exhibition, Dublin. (invited)
2017 Touchstone. Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin
2017 Crossroads. J.Cacciola Gallery, Bernardsville, New Jersey. USA.
2017 The 136th Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition. Belfast
2016 The Royal Hibernian Academy 186th Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2016 VASE: Function Reviewed, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2016 The 135th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Belfast
2015 Vue at the RHA, Represented by SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2015 Portfolio @ Solomon, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
2015 Centred, Wandesford Quay, Cork
2015 The Royal Hibernian Academy 185th Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2015 Create 2015, Brown Thomas, Dublin
2015 Christmas group show, The Graphic Gallery, Dublin
2014 The Royal Hibernian Academy 184th Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2014 Eigse, Visual Art Centre, Carlow
2014 Centred, Farmleigh, Dublin
2014 Vue, Portfolio at the RHA, Dublin
2013 Open Submission, The Concourse, Dun Laoghaire
2013 Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London
2013 The Royal Hibernian Academy 183rd Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2013 Bravura, the Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford2013 Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
Irish Craft Portfolio, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2012 Source, The Concourse, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
2012 The Art of Craft. The Market Place Arts Centre, Armagh, Northern Ireland
2012 Scotland Irish Craft Portfolio, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2010 Breath, Bluewall Gallery, Cavan, Ireland
2010 Irish Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Mill Cove Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2010 Sculpture in Context, The National Botanical Gardens, Dublin
2010 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2009 Organic Geometry, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
Designers and Makers, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
2009 Second Nature, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, Ireland
Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2008 Sculpture in Context, National Botanical Gardens, Dublin
2008 Ceramics at the Hallward, The Hallward Gallery, Dublin
2008 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin