Biography, Collections, Awards 

Nuala O'Donovan was born in Cork City in Ireland. She spent a number of years living and working in the U.K., Australia and the U.S.A. before returning to Cork in 1997. She completed a BA(Hons) in Three-Dimensional Design at Middlesex University in the U.K. in 1994 and studied ceramics at the Crawford College of Art and Design graduating with an MA in 2008.

Since graduating Nuala O'Donovan has won a number of National awards and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been purchased for private and public collections in Ireland, the U.K., Europe, U.S.A. and Russia. She currently lives and works in Cork City, Ireland.


Public Collections

Crawford College of Art and Design, C.I.T., Cork, Ireland. ( 2008).

National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin, Ireland. (2010).

Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Contemporary Ceramics Collection. (2011).




Culture Ireland Funding Award                                                               2010 & 2012 

Golden Fleece Award, Merit Prize                                                                  2011

Crafts Council of Ireland, External Exhibitions Funding Award                         2011

RDS National Crafts Competition                                                   

RDS First Prize Contemporary Ceramics                                          2009 & 2010

Ceramics Ireland Award                                                                       2009 & 2010

Crafts Council Of Ireland Purchase Award                                                     2009

Allianz Business to Arts Award 2010, Commissioned Artist.        

Golden Fleece Award, Shortlist, (One of Eight Candidates)                     2010

Annual Irish Ceramics Award, Hallward/Millcove Gallery                         2009

Crafts Council of Ireland/Irish Arts Review National Emerging Maker Award                                                                                                           2008/09 

C.I.T. Post-Graduate Scholarship/Research Award                         2006-08


Membership of Professional Organisations:

Visual Artists Ireland-Professional Membership                                                     

National Sculpture Factory.

Crafts Council of Ireland - selected maker Irish Craft Portfolio 

Ceramics Ireland - Professional Membership