Michael Rice is an Irish Artist, Designer and Maker who specializes in ceramics and more recently glass. He is particularly interested in firing procedures such as Raku, Smoke and Saggar firing; his work is also 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 both 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 exhibited his work as a finalist in the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei, World Design Capital 2016. His work is now part of the museums permanent collection.
Michael is an Associate Professor of Studio Art in the American University in Dubai.