Eleanor Swan. b.1959, lives in Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland is a passionate ceramic artist and has a successful practice working full time from her studio at Russborough House, Blessington, Co Wicklow, Ireland.
Swan graduated from NCAD (National College of Art and Design, Dublin) in 2006 with BDes (Ceramics) 1st Class Hons and an MA in Design (Ceramics) in 2010.
Swan has exhibited nationally and internationally and has work in many public and private collections in Ireland and abroad including New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan (2014,2016), IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) (2013), The Museum of Decorative Arts, Dublin (2010, 2006), The National Porcelain Museum, Riga Latvia (2009), Ceramic Museum, Jingdzehn, China (2007), and the OPW (Office of Public Works) Dublin (2006).
Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as Unlimited Potential Ceramic Figures, Yingge (Taipei 2019), Echoes, Castletown House (2018), Taiwan Ceramics Biennale (Taipei 2016), Parallax Art Fair, London (2014); A Touch of Pottery, Taiwan, (2014), Transform, Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin (2011); The 178th RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2008) and Side by Side, The Hunt Museum, Limerick (2007).
Having completed her first year of a two year Masters in ceramics at NCAD (National College of Art and Design) Dublin, Eleamor took a year out to work on various projects which came her way. They were the Crafts Council of Irelands Craft in the Classroom Project, various youth projects and teaching ceramics with the VEC in Athy, Co Kildare. For her, clay is one of the most fundamental of all materials, one of the most poetic substances in which to sculpt and reveal the magic within ourselves.
She completed her MA in 2010 with a research project ‘Ceramics For The Senses’, an investigation into the importance of being able to interact and touch a work of art especially for those who are visually impaired.