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 2016 Egan was selected for a commission through the joint Purchase Scheme for the National Collection of Contemporary Applied Art with the National Museum of Ireland and Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, which will go on permanent exhibition in The National Museum in Collins Barracks. 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.
Inspired by architecture and its multi-dimensional portrayal of form, Egan’s inspiration for her work is multifaceted and includes architecture, space, memory and emotion. She works exclusively with porcelain as the intrinsic characteristics of the material, its translucence and delicate paper-like quality enables Egan to fully realise her concepts. She combine nylon fibres with porcelain slip, allowing her to make her work so thin and translucent.
2020 Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins, London.
2020 Maison et Objet, Design Ireland.
2019 SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin.
2019 Sliding Rock Gallery, Co. Galway.
2018 Aqua Art Miami, Miami Beach, USA.
2018 European Ceramics Context 2018, Denmark.
2018 CERAMIC ART LONDON, Central Saint Martins, London.
2017 Touchstone, 40th Anniversary of Ceramics Ireland, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin.
2017 CERAMIC ART LONDON, Central Saint Martins, London.
2017 The Shadow of Sodeisha The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
2016 Solo Exhibition, Gallery Zozimus, Dublin, Ireland.
2016 The Story in Art, Candida Stevens Fine Art, West Sussex.
2016 Bijou, Candida Stevens Fine Art, West Sussex.
2015 Solo Exhibition, Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare, Ireland.
2015 Duality of Function, Contemporary Clay, Galway Arts Centre.
2015 Portfolio at Solomon Fine Arts, Dublin, Ireland.
2014 Centred, Ceramics Ireland, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
2014 Generation Exhibition, NCAD, Dublin, Ireland.
2014 Moving Objects, International Academy of Ceramics, Dublin Castle, Ireland.
2013 LandMARKS, The Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Ireland.
2012 Irish Craft Portfolio, Royal Hibernian Academy.
2012 Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland.
2012 Eigse, VISUAL Centre of Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland.
2011 Dearc, Celebrating 150 Years of the RDS Taylor Art Award, RDS, Dublin, Ireland.
2011 Sliding Rock Gallery, Spiddal Co. Galway, Ireland.
2011 The Lavit Gallery, Cork, Ireland.
2010 Korero, Ceramics in Conversation, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2010 Nexus, Blue Wall Gallery, Corracanvy, Co. Cavan, Ireland
2007 All Fired Up, The National Museum, Collins Barricks, Dublin, Ireland
2007 Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens, Dublin.
2006 European Ceramic Context, Bornholm, Denmark
2006 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
2005 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
2003 Permaculture, R=MV2, The Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
2002 Ceramics and Print, St John’s Arts Centre, Co Kerry, Ireland
1999 The Taylor Art Award, RDS Winners, travelling exhibition, RDS Dublin, Dundalk County Museum, Ulster Museum in Belfast, N. Ireland.