Susan O'Byrne was born and grew up in Cork, Ireland. In 1991 she received a Certificate with Merit from the Grennan Mill Craft School in Co. Kilkenny. From there she moved to Scotland and the Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1999 with a First Class Honours Degree in Design and Applied Arts and a Post Graduate Diploma in Ceramics in 2000. 
Susan exhibits widely in solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Ireland and abroad. 

Susan O'Byrne CV


Grennan Mill Craft School:

Certificate with Merit 1999

Edinburgh College of Art:

Post Graduate Diploma in Ceramics 2000

First Class Honours Degree in Design and Applied Art 1999 

Solo Exhibitions 

Galerie Marianne Heller Heidelberg, Germany Dec-Jan 2016

Ruthin Craft Centre Ruthin, Wales Sept- Nov 2015

The Harley Gallery,  Nottingham, England Aug- Sept 2012

Galerie Marianne Heller Heidelberg, Germany Dec- an 2012

Galerie du Don,  Aveyron,France Jun-Sept 2011

The Harley Gallery Nottingham, England Aug 2001

Two-person Exhibitions

Contemporary Applied Arts,  London Sept-Oct 2016

Bircham Gallery,  Holt, England Sept-Oct 2014

Contemporary Ceramics,  London  Aug-Sept 2014

Selected Group Exhibitions

Fly2016 VAS, RSA Edinburgh Dec2016

RuthinCraft Centre,  Ruthin, Wales Nov- Feb 2017

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, England Feb-May2016

Craft in the Bay Cardiff, Wales March-May 2016

Keramikmuseum  Westerwald Hesse, Germany Feb-June 2016

Selectedat Dovecoat Studios Edinburgh,Scotland Nov-Dec 2014

Keramikmuseum Westerwald Hesse,Germany Dec-Jan13/14

CraftScotland at SOFA Chicago,USA Nov 2013

Selectedat Dovecoat Studios Edinburgh, Scotland Nov-Dec 2013

BluecoatDisplay Centre Liverpool, England Jun 2013

BillcliffeGallery Glasgow, Scotland May 2013

National Craft Gallery of Ireland Kilkenny, Ireland Jan 2013

National Craft Gallery of Ireland at COLLECT 2012,  London May 2012

Ceramic Art London 2012,  London Mar 2012

European Makers Gallery Amsterdam, Netherlands Sep 2011

Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales Jun-Sep 2011

Galerie Terra Delft, Netherlands Apr 2011

Ceramic Art London 2011,   London Feb 2011

The Harley Gallery, Nottingham, England Aug 2010

Ceramic Art London 2010,   London Feb 2010

WVK Kunststipendium, Bernburg,Germany Oct 2004

Talente 2003,  Munich, Germany Mar 2003

Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland Jul-Sep2002


Visual Arts Scotland Dec 2016, Richard Coley Award for Sculpture

Creative Scotland, Creative Development Grant May 2015

Inches Carr Trust Award May2014

Creative Scotland Aug2010, Development Grant

Creative Development Grant, ScottishArts Council Feb 2003

Scottish Arts Council Apr 2001, Setting Up Grant

New Designers Jul 2000, Highly Commended Award

CPA Charitable Trust FundAward Jan 2000, Wildlife drawing and research in Kenya (March 2000)

Edinburgh College of Art Jun1999, Andrew Grant Post Graduate Scholarship

Edinburgh College of Art Jun1999, Helen A Rose Bequest

Edinburgh College of Art Aug1996, Andrew Grant Travel Bequest


Artist in Residence Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales Nov2015

Artist in Residence Kreisspark, Bernberg, Germany Jun-Oct2004

Artist in Residence Edinburgh Zoo Jan-Sep 2002


Ceramic Review  (Page 11) “A sense of family” Mar2016

Susan O’Byrne “Five sistersand a Family Tree”, Ruthin Craft Centre Sept 2015

Additions to Clay Bodies Kathleen Standen 2013

Sculpting and Hand building Claire Loder 2013

Irish Craft Portfolio Catalogue Aug 2012

AD Architectural Digest GER Jun2012

Keramiek NL  (Pages 14-15) Jun2011

Brandpunt Terra 2011 Catalogue April 2011

Ceramic Review UK  (Pages 28-33) feature article Mar 2011

Ceramics with Mixed Media Joy Bosworth Aug 2006

Crafts UK Look Out  (Pages 32-33) Jan 2002

Homes and Interiors Scotland UK  (Page 61) Autumn 2000

Ceramic Review UK  (Pages42-43) May 2000

Homes and Interiors ScotlandUK Autumn1999

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