Meet the Artist

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Alison Hunter

Alison Hunter feature in Encyclopedia of Ceramics by Uppercase Magazine

Alison Hunter is an artist from Sligo, Ireland. Alison’s work is inspired both by the Irish built and natural landscape. She is drawn to exploring everyday objects and instilling new life into them through the use of traditional and contemporary techniques. Found broken tableware is a source of inspiration for Alison as it acts as a reminder of the Irish vernacular heritage and past. By creating a new function for the plate as an art piece, old memories are preserved in the process while new memories take root in its new form.


“I create art works through the interpretation and re-imagining of patterns on found plates. Building on its original form and exaggerating elements, I combine contrasting textures of found plate pieces and soft wool fibres using traditional wet felting and contemporary needle felting techniques”


She also creates a series of original landscapes and seascapes, Irish wildlife insect collection and abstract pieces using Irish tweed and wool

Alison exhibits her work nationally. In 2016 her work was selected for the RDS Design and Craft Awards Exhibition, Dublin, Ireland. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Heritage Studies and a Diploma in Textiles and is a member of both the Design & Craft Council of Ireland and Made in Sligo.


Handmade and hand-painted ceramic plate with Willow Pattern tree design
Plate Fragments (Chaneys) found in ploughed fields

Alison Hunter CV

Solo Exhibitions:

2021 – National Design & Craft Gallery, Made in Ireland, Kilkenny

2021 – Royal Ulster Academy, 140th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

2021 – Royal Hibernian Academy, 191st Annual Exhibition, Dublin

2021 – Hyde Bridge Gallery, Plate Finds, Sligo

2019 – Leitrim Design House, Alison Hunter Art Wall, Co. Leitrim

2018 – Solas Art Gallery, Pieces, Co. Leitrim

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2020 – Westival Gallery, Westival online , Westport, Co. Mayo

2020 – Royal Hibernian Academy, 190th Annual Exhibition, Dublin

2020 – Hamilton Gallery, Among School Children, Sligo

2019 – Westival Gallery, Westival festival exhibition, Co. Mayo

2019 – Irish Consulate NYC ,Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen, New York

2019 – Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Summer show, Co. Leitrim

2019 – The Model, Cairde Visual, Sligo

2019 – Hamilton Gallery, Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen, Sligo

2019 – Hamilton Gallery, St. Brigid’s Day Exhibition, Sligo

2019 – 12 Star Gallery, St. Brigid’s Day Exhibition, London

2018 – Hyde Bridge Gallery, RÚN, Sligo

2018 – Royal Ulster Academy, 137th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

2018 – The Model, Cairde Visual Exhibition, Sligo

2018 – Solas Art Gallery, Solas Summer Exhibition, Co. Leitrim

2018 – Longford pop up Gallery, Cruthú Arts Festival Exhibition, Longford

2018 – Hamilton Gallery, Yeats Invited Artists exhibition, Sligo

2018 – Hyde Bridge Gallery, Connections, Sligo

2017 – The Dock, Winter Show, Co. Leitrim

2017 – Hyde Bridge Gallery, 9 Walls, Sligo

2017 – Solas Art Gallery, Solas Summer Exhibition, Co. Leitrim

2017 – Longford pop up Gallery, Cruthú Arts Festival Exhibition, Longford

2017 – Carnegie Arts Centre, Summer Exhibition, Co. Kerry

2017 – The Model, Cairde Visual, Sligo

2017 – Hamilton Gallery, Crazy Jane, Sligo

2017 – Hyde Bridge Gallery, Reaction, Sligo

2016 – National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, RDS Craft Awards Exhibition 2016, Co.Mayo

2016 – RDS, RDS Craft Awards Exhibition 2016, Dublin

2016 – Teach Bán Gallery, Petticoat, Sligo

2015 – Teach Bán Gallery, Vivid Cloths, Sligo

2013 – RDS, Pattern DCCOI, Dublin

2013 – The Cat and The Moon, Diploma Exhibition, Sligo

Book/Magazine Publications

2020 – Ceramics: Profiles of Potters and Artisans, Canada, Encyclopedia of Inspiration Series,Uppercase Magazine, pg 342-349

2018 – Be Creative with Workbox Magazine, Issue 170, pg. 17