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Award winning Artist Sasha McVey specialises in Ceramics, practising within the Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland, creating a range of high quality contemporary works from exclusive delicate Sculptures, Functional and Decorative Wares, Gifts and Commissioned Ceramics.

Graduating from the University of Ulster, Belfast with a BA Honours in Contemporary Applied Arts in 2014. Sasha has since gained a place on the prestigious Craft Northern Ireland Making It programme and spent time in Quebec, Canada at Porcelaines Bousquet to further develop her skills. Sasha has exhibited throughout Ireland and has received international recognition with a certificate of excellence from the Arts and Crafts Design Award, as well as recently being awarded Northern Ireland Young Artist of the Year 2015.

Inspired by her everyday surroundings, living and working on the East Coast of Ireland within the Glens of Antrim. Sasha’s body of work reflects the qualities which she discovers and observes in her location which are often overlooked. Reflected in her handmade wares, using a range of traditional and contemporary skills to enhance the clay’s natural qualities to create truly unique quality wares.

 

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Education

2011-2014- B.A Honours Contemporary Applied Art, University of Ulster, Belfast

Awards

2015- Northern Ireland Young Artist of the Year Award Winner 2015
2015- General Arts Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
2015- International Arts and Crafts Design Award Certificate of Excellence 2014
2014- Future Makers Student Award Winner, Materials Support Fund, presented by Future Makers and Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Dublin

Publications

2014- Ceramics Ireland Magazine Issue 34, pages 20 & 54
2014- Irish Ceramics book by John Goode, page 103

Placement

2016- Économusée, Porcelaines Bousquet Inc placement, Quebec, Canada

Commissions

2014- Private Commission
2012- Private Commission

Exhibitions

2017- Landscape Defined, Framewerk, Belfast
2017- Seven Shades, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
2017- Banner Exhibition, Larne Visitor Centre, Larne
2017- Maiden Voyage, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart
2017- Maiden Voyage, University of Ulster, Belfast
2017- Connected, Synergy Studios, Newcastle
2016- Alchemy, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
2016- Into the Blue, Verling Fine Art, Blackrock
2016- A Moment in Time, Glenarm Visitors Centre, Glenarm
2016- Young ll, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2015- Okto, Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards
2015- Northern Ireland Young Artist of the Year Exhibition, Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena
2014- Contemporary Applied Arts Collective Exhibition, Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards
2014- Christmas Craft Fair and Exhibition, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart
2014- Contemporary Applied Art Degree Show Exhibition, University of Ulster, Belfast
2013- Fusion (craft & design collective), Space Craft, Belfast
2013- Contemporary Applied Arts Collective Exhibition, R Space, Lisburn
2012- Yuletide Exhibition, Craft N.I, Belfast
2012- Contemporary Applied Arts Collective Exhibition, Rabbit Rooms, Bangor

Professional Activities

2015-2017 Making It Programme, Craft NI
2016- Judge for Northern Ireland Young Artist of the year 2016
2015- The Townlands of Glencloy, Community Project
2015- Q Radio Network, Interview
2015- Irish TV Antrim Matters 31, Interview
2015- Worlds Host Training Programme
2014-2015 Create 100 Participant, Ballymena Business Centre
2013-2014- Masterclasses in the Applied Arts (workshops, seminars and lectures) including Christie Brown, Joseph Walsh and Lisa Hammond
2012-2013- Masterclasses in the Applied Arts (workshops, seminars and lectures) including David Clarke, Claire Twomey, Jeremy Lipisto, Matthew Blakely, Jorunn Veiteberg
2012-2013- Secretary, Contemporary Applied Arts Society, University of Ulster, Belfast
2012-  Pate de Verre glass masterclass by Alison Lowery, University of Ulster, Belfast
2011-2012- Masterclasses in the Applied Arts (workshops, seminars and lectures) including Deirdre McLoughlin, Cynthia Cousens, Paul Scott, Mah Rana, Colin Reid and Kim Buck