Michelle Gallagher

I am a visual artist who’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses ceramics, printing, drawing and sculpture. I often use clay mixed with traditional printing techniques. My artwork is firmly rooted in the processes of making and the materials I use dictate the guide my work directly, ideas for pieces are envisioned in different materials, I love the challenge and the variety of exploration through materials.

My work delves into many themes, with varied interests lying in the natural world and culture/society.

At this time, I am particularly interested in female topics, particularly the working woman/mother. Inspiration comes from observations in my own life and the lives of women in my family and society at large. I try and convey ideas about women’s invisible labor / female drudgery through double meanings and humor.
Born in Ireland.
Living and working in Duisburg Rahm, Germany.


2009-2011: Ceramic further studies, Glasshütten, with Ines Nickchen.
2001-2002: Limerick Institute of technology, Ireland- B.A. Fine Art.
2001: Limerick language centre - T.E.F.L/ESL Certificate.
1995-1996: R.T.C, Limerick, Ireland- Higher Diploma Art & Design teaching.
1991-1994: R.T.C, Limerick, Ireland- Diploma in art.

~ 2020: Spilt Milk Homework’s members show https://www.spiltmilkgallery.com/exhibitions/. 2020/9/12/home-works-online-exhibition-and-zine

~ 2020 : Kunstpunkte Number 161 September, with Hilla Hueber, Düsseldorf, Germany.

~ 2020 : ‘Congruence’ online ‘ I like your work podcast’ summer exhibition.

~ 2019 : Online exhibition, https://curat10n.com/open-art/, gallery, Ireland.

~ 2019 : Kunstpunkte Number 62, September, with Hilla Hueber, Düsseldorf, Germany.

~ 2018: Kunstpunkte Number 185, September, with Hilla Hueber, Düsseldorf, Germany.

~ 2018 : “Reflections ” group show, Düsseldorf, Germany.

~ 2015 : “ Glauben” Niedernhausen, group show, Germany.

~ 2012 : “Sag’s mit blumen”, group show, Höhrs Grenzhausen, Museum Westerwald, Germany.

~ 2011 : ‘ Wasser in Form’, Kronberg, Germany.

~ 2010 : “Ton und Töne,” Epstein, Germany.

~ 2002 : B.A. show ‘ Place Matters’, Limerick school of Art & Design, RTC, Ireland.

~ 1999: ‘Out of the blue’ group show, Gaborone, Botswana.


Ceramic museum Westerwald, Germany



Art hole - August 2020 Issue
I’m no cupcake!
Look beyond the surface and what do you see. Don’t judge by first impressions.
Michelle Gallagher, Ceramics, Clay
Coral Orb
Biomorphic form inspired by the oceans coral reefs.
Michelle Gallagher, Ceramics
Daisy bomb
A ceramic daisy flower bomb..inspired by the flower bomb that you can plant in your garden or throw into a vacant or derelict plot...and see nature take over and win.
Michelle Gallagher, Ceramics, Ceramics
3 sisters
Nature, sea life the beauty of rock pools
Michelle Gallagher, Ceramics, Glass
2 headed gargoyle
The gargoyle classically kept evil away.
Michelle Gallagher, Stone, Metal
Which personality are you?
Our public and private faces and personalities. What do we show and what do we hide. The empty compartment is for the viewer to decide what face/ personality would they choose? Irish playwright Brian Friel wrote “ Philadelphia here I come” one of the characters has two actors playing his public and private thoughts.This idea of our public and private personality was a trigger for this artwork.
Michelle Gallagher, Wood, Ceramics
Iron Lady
This work envelopes the female domestic chores that often fall into a woman’s lap...the invisible labor women carry
Michelle Gallagher, Clay, Ceramics
Balancing Act
The juggle of life work balance.
Michelle Gallagher, Ceramics, Clay
Dinner Time
Installation work ... The theme of family lifestyle, little things mothers say to their children.
Michelle Gallagher, Wood, Mixed Media

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