Deirdre De Courcey

Deirdre De Courcey studied at the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork Institute of Technology and was awarded a 3 month sculpture residency at the National Sculpture Factory.

I was born in Jamaica and grew up in the seaside town of Montego Bay. I moved permanently to Ireland in 2000 and returned to education in 2006. I attended a foundation course at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa (CSN) in Cork planning to concentrate on graphic design, but part of the course was an introduction to ceramics and as soon as I sunk my hands into the material, I was lost.

I stayed on at CSN to complete the FETAC Level 6 Creative Ceramics course before moving on to the CIT/Crawford College of Art and Design where I achieved an Honours Degree in Ceramic Design. I was awarded the National Sculpture Factory Residency Award and received purchase prizes from the Office of Public Works and the Cork Institute of Technology. Two of my pieces were selected to remain in the permanent collection of the Crawford College of Art and Design.

Having lived in what people might think of as a tropical paradise, my move to an ‘old’ civilization brought with it a fair amount of culture shock. I was struck by the architecture of the cities I visited here. The unfussy minimilism of contemporary architecture is the influence for my work.