About Cathy

Cathy, previously a horticulturalist, draws on her botanical experiences for sources of inspiration.


She strives to depict emotion, movement, fragility and decay, while referencing elements of her attachment to nature.

She hand builds using Stoneware clay. Each piece is finished with multiple, complex and volatile glazes to emulate flaking rusts, mossy lichens or tidal flow, referencing a continual cycle of decay and renewal.


Cathy lives and works in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Awards:

2021 Arts Council of Ireland Agility Award

2021 Ceramics Ireland Professional Practice Award

2021 Shortlisted RDS Craft Award

2021 Wicklow Arts Office Award

2020 Shortlisted International KOGEI Award in Toyama Japan 

2020 Future Makers Practitioner Award

2018 Irish Ceramics Award, Sculpture in Context, NBG Glasnevin. 

2017 Highly Commended Award, Irish Ceramics Awards, Mill Cove Gallery.

2016 Blue Egg Gallery Bursary

2016 Future Makers Practitioner Award

2015 RDS Craft Award– Emerging Maker in Ceramics

2015 RDS Craft Award – Ceramics Ireland Award

2015 Thomas Dammann Jr Trust Award

Significant exhibitions: 

2022- Collect Art Fair Design and Craft Council Ireland, Somerset House, London.

2022- Made in Ireland NDC Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh, Dublin (July 22)

2021- Portfolio- Critical Selection, Conjuring Form Donaraile House, Cork, and NDCG, Kilkenny (May 2022)

2021- Land/Marks, Ceramics Ireland Juried Triennial, Farmleigh Dublin and Argilia, Faenza, Italy,September 2022.

2021- International Kogei Awards Toyama, Toyama and Takaoka, Japan.

2019 - Quirky Vibrant and Not So Familiar Stories, Valcke Gallery, Ghent, Belgium.

2017 - Touchstone - Ceramics Ireland Triennial Selected Exhibition, Farmleigh Gallery. Ireland.

2016 - Heritage and Diversity - East-West Invitational Ceramics Exhibition, South Korea. 

2015 - slip.flux.flock.,British Ceramics Biennial, UK.

2015 - Irish Ceramics, Barony Centre, West Kilbride, Scotland.


Collections :

2019 Irish Embassy Belgium Collection.

2018 Cill Rialaig Arts Project Collection.
2016 Irish Embassy Korea, Collection.
2014 National State Collection (OPW Purchase Collection) 

Publications:

Irish Ceramics 2021, John Goode, Mill Cove Gallery.

HomoFaber Guide, Michelangelo Foundation 2020                                                  https//www.homofaberguide.com/en/discover/artisans-burke-cathy

Klei Magazine  Holland, Issue 4, 2019.

Ceramics Ireland 40th Anniversary Ceramics Ireland, 2019,Ceramics Ireland.

Irish Ceramics 2015, John Goode, Mill Cove Gallery.