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Shawn Ireland

Biography to Display: 


1990 BFA, Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania


1993-1995 CORE Student Fellowship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina

1996-1999 Resident Artist, Penland School of Crafts

2006-2008 Visiting Artist, University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program, Cortona, Italy

2015 Resident Artist Coordinator, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice


2012-2013 Studio Coordinator, University of Georgia Studies Abroad, Cortona, Italy


Shawn Ireland works with a variety of hand processed local clays that are a blend of ingredients from North Carolina and Georgia. Each piece is thrown using a kick wheel. His glazes are also formulated using local materials. The work is then single fired in a wood burning kiln.

Ireland’s work is inspired by local folk traditions and the work of his teachers at Penland, Will Ruggles and Douglass Rankin. Several trips to central Italy inspired figurative work that he calls “Animal Ware” in the form of candlesticks, vases and bowls. 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, North Carolina

City of Rocky Mount Art Center, Rocky Mount, North Carolina


Bibliography to Display: 

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. E, Jim Lawton, and Linda Kopp. 500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design. New York: Lark Books, 2002.

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. E. 500 Bowls: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design. New York: Lark Books, 2003.

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. E. 500 Pitchers: Contemporary Expressions of a Classic Form. New York: Lark Books, 2006.


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Source: Artist


Artist's Studio: Shawn Ireland Pottery




the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.


Typical Marks
Big Duck Boat
Date: 2011
Vessel with Birds
Form: Vessel
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Form: Teapot
La Donna (with Mike Henshaw)
Date: 2009
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Surface Technique: Woodfire

Citation: Reff, Grace. "The Marks Project." Last modified September 5, 2017.