Mandy Parslow moved to her current studio in the beautiful Glen of Aherlow in 1999. Here she specializes in wood-fired salt glazed stoneware ceramics, building her present kiln in 2006. With work in a number of major collections, including the Department of Foreign Affairs Embassies collection, the Ulster Museum and the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums, China, Mandy exhibits regularly nationally and internationally. In 1994 she graduated in Ceramics from Cardiff School of Art and Design and in 2010 completed an MA at the University of Limerick. In recent years Mandy has combined her ceramic making with lecturing finding that each practice enriches and strenghtens the other. She is currently Course Leader on the BA (Hons) Design, Ceramics course at Limerick School of Art and Design and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.
'Light shifts across the land altering colour, form and texture; varying by the minute, by the season. Marks left by human endeavour punctuate these changes; ploughed fields, meandering paths. Some of these patterns describe ancient cultural landscapes, others show current activity as the landscape continues to be shaped by man and nature.
My ceramic practice explores a sense of place through landscape and objects. Forms evolve from the vernacular containers and tools of rural life now preserved in museums. Conserved behind glass, no longer utilitarian, they resonate for different reasons.
An exploration of the vessel and the unpredictable technique of wood-firing are appropriate ways to explore these concerns. The rootedness, physicality and close attention over a long time required by the kiln echoes a farmer's knowledge and bond to the land and provides a link with my rural heritage. The firing appears to physically embed my landcape in the work. Each piece is both caressed and assaulted by the flame, ash and salt vapour moving through the kiln in the intense heat of the firing. Their surfaces are a record of this journey.'
PORTFOLIO@Solomon: Ceramics, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
Centred, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork
Irish Craft Portfolio, RHA, Dublin
Christmas Presence, RDS, Dublin
Bakers Dozen, Roundhouse Gallery, Derbyshire, England
Ceramic Fire Works, Tipperary Institute, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
10 Years Later.., St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales
Rufford Ceramics Centre, Nr Newark Nottinghamshire, England
Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, 2013
FuLe International Ceramic Art Residency, Fuping, China, 2011
Department of Foreign Affairs, 2015
National Museums of Northern Ireland, Ulster Museum, 2011
Irish Pavilion, FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums (FLICAM), Fuping, China, 2011
Consulate General of Ireland, Shanghai, China, 2010
Department of Foreign Affairs / Irish Embassies Collection, 2005, 2009
Culture of Clay, Hunt Museum, Limerick, 2014