Gráinne Watts

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Gráinne watts creates delicate and playful ceramic forms and vessels. Having previously worked primarily at the potter’s wheel, Watts has begun to combine this method with a variety of hand building techniques.
Her current work features a collection of thrown vessels and a series of sculptural forms in porcelain and stoneware. In these pieces, Watts explores surface detail through various decorative techniques. The tactile and delicate textures of her Linear and Spinal porcelain vessels refer to natural processes of weathering and erosion. On her Landfish series of fish forms, Watts uses fine brushwork to create expression and poise, and occasionally smoke-fires the beasts to produce a range of surface markings.
As well as themes of erosion and evolution, animals and animal motifs recur in Watts work. Specifically, she draws inspiration from the various ways animals are used and adorned for festival parades and rituals.
Watts graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1982. She subsequently undertook an apprenticeship with Geoffrey Healy Pottery in Wicklow. She is currently based in Cloughjordan Co. Tipperary.

Work held in private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

2014 Category winner at the RDS National Craft and Design Competition
2014 Winner of Ceramics Ireland Award and DCCOI purchase Award at the RDS National Craft and Design Competition
2014 Winner of the Dublin airport authority Commission to design and make the Business2ArtsAwards
2014 Winner of the Mill cove Gallery award of excellence
2013 Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Mill cove Gallery
2012 Mill cove Gallery award for ‘Outstanding Achievement’
2011 Winner of Ceramics Ireland Award, RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin
2011 The Peter Brennan pioneering Award for Excellence
2010 Winner of Gallery Zozimus Award for Surface detail at Ceramics Ireland juried exhibition, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
2009 Winner of the Designyard Purchase Award at the Hallward Gallery Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Dublin

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
2008 Grainne Watts, Solo Show, Imagine Arts Festival, The Granary, Waterford

Group Exhibitions and Fairs
2014 Centred, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2014 Colour Vision, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford
2014 Winter Exhibition, The Verling Fine Art Gallery, Dundalk, Meath
2014 Irish Contemporary Ceramics at The Mill Cove Gallery, Kenmare, Kerry
2014 Ceramics Ireland selected exhibition, Pearse Museum, Dublin
2013 Sculpture in Context, Botanic gardens, Dublin
2013 International Symposium, V-oglje, Slovenia
2013 Le Noche Negra International festival, Aviles, Spain
2013 Ceramics Ireland Annual exhibition, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
2013 The Golden Egg, Culture night, Cloughjordan Enterprise Centre, Tipperary
2012 Irish Craft Portfolio, Royal Hibernian Art Gallery, Dublin
2012 The National Craft competition, RDS, Dublin
2012 Irish Contemporary Ceramics, The Barony centre, Scotland
2012 Sculpture in Context, The Botanic gardens, Dublin
2012 Grainne Watts and Thomas Wollen, Denis Collins Gallery, Wexford
2012 Sliding Rock Gallery, Spiddal, Co. Galway
2011 transFORM, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2011 Millennium Court Arts Centre, Co. Armagh
2011 Irish Contemporary Ceramics, The Millcove Gallery, Cork (also 2009)
2011 Ceramics Ireland Members Exhibition, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
2011 Irish Ceramics Sculpture, Cill Rialaig Gallery, Co. Kerry
2010 Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
2010 RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin
2010 Thrown, The Lavit Gallery, Cork
2010 Healy, Watts and O’Donovan, The Millcove Gallery, Cork
2010 Art in Action, Townleigh Hall, Co. Meath
2009 COAST, Dalkey Heritage Centre, Co. Dubliny
2008 Jerpoint Animal Kingdom, Jerpoint Gallery, Co. Kilkenny
2008 Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Hallward Gallery, Dublin
2008 Ceramics Ireland Juried Exhibition, Dalkey Heritage Centre, Co. Dublin and Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
2007 17 Prime Makers, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin and Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales