Geraldine O’Rourke, a native of Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, attended Art College in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin in the 1980’s. Geraldine moved to Galway in 1986 and worked for a year with Macnas Community Arts Group. Her training in clays & glazes came from her work for the potter Judy Greene. Who kindly provided Geraldine with the use of her kiln to produce her own range of Porcelain Jewellery.
After doing a business course she decided to go out on her own. In 1996 she opened her own studio in Ceardlann na Coille in Dingle where she lived and worked developing her Art for several years before moving to Galway where she is based in the Ceardlann Spiddal Craft and Design Studios.
Her labour intensive techniques involve making all her materials. Manufacturing paper backgrounds from pulp which are then hand dyed, moulded and embossed, each piece of porcelain used in her creations is handcrafted. The resulting creation has its own unique character and individuality, in essence each piece created is an original.
“Mixed Media has always interested me, I have always loved to work & experiment with various mediums, textures & colours. Combining different materials together (Porcelain,Handmade paper, Acrylic painting, Drawings ,Photography) gives me the freedom, challenge, excitement and fun of creating my own style of artwork”