Nuala O Donovan


Nuala O'Donovan. Golden Fleece Award 2019

Medium: Sculptural forms in porcelain clay


Nuala O'Donovan also won Merit Awards in 2011 and 2017.

Radiolaria Teazel Grid and Fern Coral Fragment Banksia Mirroring Banksia Dynamic


I have been working as an artist for ten years and rented studio space throughout that time. I move studio on average every two years and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find space to rent and to move my equipment such as kilns, desks etc that I need to make my ceramic work. I hope to make a permanent studio attached to my home that will allow me enough space to work and buy some much needed studio equipment. Each studio move involves the expense of electricians and plumbers installing my equipment as well as moving costs and increasing rents.

I am applying for funding to put towards finishing my studio space and buying new equipment that I need but am reluctant to buy as I worry about the logistics of moving it.

A lot of the costs of the building will be self funded but a successful funding application would enable me to immediately fit out and equip the space so that I can start using the studio for my ceramic work as soon as the building work is finished. It would be a great relief to have a permanent studio space and I think would help me to progress my work enormously.

Artist Statement

I make sculptural pieces based on the geometry of natural forms. I currently use porcelain as my main material. The sculptural forms are constructed slowly over a period of weeks or months, and fired a number of times during the making process.

My work combines regular pattern with the characteristics of fractal forms from nature. The finished forms are a result of an intuitive response to the direction that the pattern takes as well as the irregularity in the handmade elements of the pattern.