I trained in ceramics in the University of Ulster and the University of Wales in Cardiff and work from my studio in Northern Ireland
There is much reminiscent of archaeology, geology and architecture in my porcelain sculptures which explore relationships between process, material and the passage of time.
The work is constructed, layered, excavated, deconstructed, collapsed and fragmented to reveal associations between past, present and future, material cultural and individual memory, physical and metaphysical change as well as contrasting qualities such as strength and fallibility, permanence and loss.
My working method is intrinsically connected to the act of making and the endless experimentation with the changing state of parian porcelain. A wide palette of techniques, which include casting, hand-building and sculpting are continually being challenged and developed to contrast the precision of industrial techniques and geometric structure with the fallibility of the handmade. The sculptures are fired multiple times and explore concepts associated parians marble-like quality when solid, its gravity and stratification when layered and its satin -like translucency when thin.
Exhibitions and a bit about where my work can be seen.
Colossal Magazine. May https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/anne-butler-objects-of-time/
Create Day 2021 https://createday.org/videos/anne-butler/
Awards and Competitions
2022 Honourable Mention Korean International Biennale
2021Korean International Ceramics Biennale,
2020Honourable Mention.Korean International Ceramics Biennale,
2020 Ceramic Monthly Competition. Contrast and Harmony
2020 Arts Council of Northern Ireland,Support for Individual Artists
2019 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Support for individual Artists
2018 Rosemary James Memorial Fund Award, Administered by the ACNI
Public and Private Collections
2022 Ceramic Art Museum. Korea
2021 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Art Collection
2021 Diploma Collection Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast
2020 Changchung International Ceramic Museum, China
2017/19 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Art Collection.
2017 Hunts Museum, Irish Contemporary Contemporary Ceramic Collection, Limerick. Ireland
Exhibitions and Fairs
2022 140th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum
2022 Land Marks. Ceramics Ireland. Argilla Italia, Faenza Italy
2022 Alpha House. Royal Ulster Academy. joint exhibition with Cara Gordon and Karen Daye- Hutchinson
2022 Conjuring Forms, National Design and Craft Gallery. Kilkenny
2022 Made in Ireland, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin and FE MCWilliam Gallery
2022 Eye of the Collector. Two Temple Place, with Ruup & Form
2022 Collect 22. Somerset House, with Ruup & Form
2021. Made in Ireland. Design and National Craft Gallery. Kilkenny. Ireland
2022 Potverdorie, Keramiekcentrum Tiendschuur , Tegelen. Netherlands
2021 Korean international Ceramic Biennale
2021 Annual Ulster Academy Exhibition. Ulster Museum
2021. DCCoI Portfolio: Critical Selection. Doneraile, Ireland
2021 Handmade's Table. Ruup & Form. London Design Week
2021 Eye of the Collector. Two Temple Place. Ruup & Form
2021 Artefact. Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour, London, Ruup & Form.
2021 Collect Art Fair, London Represented by Ruup & Form Gallery
2021 London Art London, Represented by Ruup & Form Gallery
2020 International Academy of Ceramics New Members Exhibition. Guozhong Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, China
2020 Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition. Ulster Museum. Belfast
2020 Ceramic Ireland Triennial. Land Marks, Farmliegh Gallery, Dublin
2020 Changchung International Ceramic Exhibition, China
Associate Academician. Royal Ulster Academy of Arts. ARUA
Portfolio: Critical Selection 2021 Design andCrafts council of Ireland DCCoI
International Academy of Ceramics IAC
Royal Society of Sculptors. RBSS
Crafts Potters Association. CPA
Contemporary Appiied Arts. CAA
Ruup&Form Gallery London ruupandform.com/the-makers/anne-butler.
So Fine Art Gallery, Dublin,
Contemporary Ceramics, London
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Ireland
Ruthin Gallery, Wales
BlueCoat Display Centre. Liverpool
Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery, Cambridge