Education and Qualifications

Jan 2007 – Feb 2012

Cardiff School of Art and Design, PhD Ceramics

Oct 2005 - Sep 2006

Cardiff School of Art and Design, MA Ceramics

Mar 2003 - Dec 2004

University of Tasmania, Australia, BA Contemporary Arts (Ceramics)

Professional Memberships

2013 Craft Potters Association

2012 Contemporary Applied Art

Public Collections

The Shipley Art Gallery

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

Manchest Art Gallery, Manchester

Solo Exhibitions

2017 New Craftsman Gallery, St.Ives

2014 OPject, Arcadecardiff, Cardiff

Awards and Grants


Emmanuel Cooper Prize, at Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins

Funding 'Production' granted from Art Council of Wales


Best Maker in Wales, Made by Hand, City Hall, Cardiff


Winner of the Valentine Clays Peers Award, Art in Clay Hatfield

Awarded 2nd ‘Best Demonstration’ at Art in Action, Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire

Awarded ‘Best Ceramics’ at Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Devon

Winner of the Homes & Gardens Design Awards 2016 with China & Glass Category.

Selected for Cfile’s 15 Potters to Watch in 2016


Selected for the National Eisteddfod of Wales Visual Art Competition, Wales

Selected for Westerwald Prize, Westerwald Keramic Museum, Germany

Selected for Oriel Davies Open, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales.

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Maria Connolly


“Working with flat sheets of earthenware clay i will build forms that explore form. My vessels gives me a canvas to build texture and pattern that invites the handler to investigate the pot and its suggested reference to function.

I make individual ceramic vessels that explore form and function as well as bespoke functional pieces that are playful and inviting.

Working with earthenware clay i handbuilt with slabs, this allows me to make pieces that are unique in form and individual . As an artist i have been making work that pushes me to question each piece individually, engaging with as the form evolves and provokes new ideas.” Maria Connolly