‘In my work I’m attempting to create sculptures, surfaces and textures that are difficult to date to a specific culture or place: my aim is that the aesthetic of the completed object is visually striking but also has a familiarity because of the form and the post-firing techniques that make the most out of the least materials.
‘The finishes are straightforward yet complex and this creates a dialectic that I feel transcends simple visual meaning, moving into iconic or ceremonial territory. This complemented with the shape of the pieces creates a synthesis that gives them an archetypal presence.’
Michael Rice is an Irish Artist, Designer and Maker who specializes in ceramics and more recently glass. He is particularly interested in firing procedures such as Raku, Smoke and Saggar firing; his work is also concerned with surface, texture, natural geometry, gestalt principals and archetypal forms.
Michael has a Degree in Fine Craft Design, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Art and Design), and a Masters Degree in Multi-Disciplinary Design, all from the University of Ulster. His work is exhibited internationally; as an Educator he has taught in Schools, Colleges, Universities and Art Centers worldwide and has undertaken artist residencies in the UK, Pakistan, Sri Lanka Dubai and Bali.
Whilst living in Ireland Michael was a recipient of the Arts Council of N. Ireland Individual Artist Award in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. He relocated to Dubai in 2010.
Michael is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics based in Geneva. He is the International Academy of Ceramics UNESCO representative for the UAE and exhibited his work as a finalist in the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei, World Design Capital 2016. His work is now part of the museum's permanent collection.