Ursula graduated from St Mary’s University College, Belfast in 1978 specialising in ceramics. She worked for 25 years as a graphic designer and teacher. In 2010 she established Kildoag Pottery with partner Adrian Brothers. Ursula has exhibited in Ireland and the Uk and has work in private collections.
Ceramics has always been a major working force in my life and I am fascinated by its endless possibilities. I am drawn to the challenges of the wheel, the physicality of throwing and transforming a piece of clay into something new.
My forms tend towards simple elegant shapes with emphasis on achieving a smooth surface that will be responsive to the raku process, which in itself, is a confluence of the basic elements of earth, air, fire and water. I find the most rewarding part of the process is successful experimenting with glazes and pushing materials to the limits in the firing process to achieve outcomes which are new and unexpected and give each piece its own unique character.
My studio is based in the Derry countryside with the beaches of Donegal on the doorstep acting as a springboard for creativity.
8-10 Kildoag Road, Killaloo, Derry. BT47 3TQ
Studio open by prior arrangement.
Millcove Gallery, Kenmare
The Collective, Drury Street, Dublin
Derry Designer Makers, The Craft Village, Derry
Gallery Q, Dundee