Michael Rice is an Irish Artist, Designer and Maker who specializes in ceramics and is particularly interested in firing procedures such as Raku, Smoke and Saggar firing; his work is also is concerned with surface, texture, natural geometry, gestalt principals and archetypal forms.
Michael has a Degree in Fine Craft Design, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Art and Design), and a Masters Degree in Multi Disciplinary Design, all from the University of Ulster. His work is exhibited internationally; As an Educator he has taught in Schools, Colleges, Universities and Art centers worldwide and has undertaken artist residencies in the UK, Pakistan, Sri Lanka Dubai and Bali.
Whilst living in Ireland Michael was a recipient of the Arts Council of N. Ireland Individual Artist Award in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. He relocated to Dubai in 2010
Michael is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics based in Geneva and as a writer has published articles in the UK based international magazine of Art and Craft ‘Ceramic Review’, and the Australian publication ‘Ceramics Art and Perception’.
He is the International Academy of Ceramics UNESCO representative for the UAE and in 2016 exhibited as a finalist in the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei and was the runner-up in the Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East Emergent Designer Prize in the same year. Michael was a finalist in the Korean Ceramic Biennale 2019 and has again been selected as a finalist for the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale in 2020.
He is the Chair of the Visual Communication Department and an Associate Professor of Studio Art in the American University in Dubai.