Cj O’Neill: Exploring everyday ceramics
I am a researcher/maker/educator based in Manchester as well as a Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Art teaching on BA(Hons)Three Dimensional Design. Central to my practice is my current PhD research at MIRIAD. Re*presenting: artistic interventions exploring everyday ceramics explores issues around authorship, value and collaboration through the use of everyday ceramic objects in combination with narrative through both hand and industrial processes. My interest is in how these objects can connect people, enabling them to construct their own narrative.
I have undertaken numerous commissions for ceramic lighting and tableware for private individuals and corporate clients as well as exhibiting internationally. Within education, I enjoy working across disciplines, at a range of levels and have a particular interest in professional practice, giving talks on creative business development, as well as contributing to start-up schemes such as Making It, Northern Ireland; Project Network, ICRC, Denmark and Hothouse, Crafts Council, UK.