Ingrid’s studio practice and academic ventures are tightly bound. Connectivity is a key motivation for Ingrid and this inter-relationship between teaching and research roles and making in her studio is synonymous with how she operates on a daily basis. Explorations in university research projects feed into her teaching, advisory roles feed into her own making; and vice versa. Ingrid’s creative practice is holistic and all-encompassing, no new knowledge is wasted and no questions go uninvestigated.
It is no wonder then, that Ingrid is currently the Academic Lead for Transdisciplinarity at Cardiff School of Art & Design. Here, she previously ran the ceramic department until 2013 and the Maker department until 2017, a department that she initiated and established and which has a rich focus on materiality and skills-base. Ingrid also leads the University’s newly formed Fab-Cre8 centre for applied research in digital fabrication processes.
In 2015 Ingrid was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for her contribution to art and design education.
Ingrid divides her time between her home and studio in Wales and her studio in South West France. In her ceramic making, she utillises traditional as well as digital processes to create interactive artifacts. Some of her work is conceived or realised in close collaboration with specialist colleagues, creatives that augment Ingrid’s explorations. Ingrid will often use found objects in her pieces as well as integrating technological components. Mould-making and casting are key processes in her practice, usually with bone china. Crisp white forms with gold lustre detail are currently characteristic of her ceramic compositions. Such detail is often functional, such as to close an electrical circuit.
Born in Ireland in 1969, Ingrid studied at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork before undergraduate and MA study at Cardiff School of Art and Design. She presents papers at international events around the world, including at NCECA conferences in the U.S., Making Futures, UK and at the Indian Ceramic Triennale in Jaipur.
Ingrid’s work is also featured in Breaking Ground 2018, the first iteration of India’s Ceramic Triennale, at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK). Other, previous exhibitions have included the British Ceramic Biennial Award Show, Sensorial Object at Craft in the Bay in Cardiff, and Centred, Ceramics Ireland Selected Show.