Michael Rice  

009 Widcombe House 1, Motor City, Dubai UAE



00971 55506 7373










Dual citizenship, Irish/British


employment history 

Sept 2018 – Present, Chair of the VC Dept/Associate Professor of Studio Art

Aug 2014 – Sept 2018, Associate Professor of Studio Art/Sculpture, AUD

Sept 2013 – Aug 2014, Art Teacher, Repton School Dubai 

Sep 2010 – Jan 2013, Sculpture/Ceramics Tutor, DUCTAC

Sept 2010 – June 2013, Art Teacher, Greenfield Community School Dubai

Sept 2003 – June 2010: Part Time lecturer, East Down Institute, Co. Down

Aug 2003 – June 2010: Part Time lecturer, Down Community Arts, Downpatrick

Sept 2003 – June 2010: Part Time lecturer, Down Arts Centre

Nov 2001 -- June 2010: Self employed Studio Potter/Artist, Newcastle Co. Down

Dec2006 – Sept 2008: Artist in Residence, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick 

Oct 2006 - Dec 2006: Residency in National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan 

Aug 2004 – Sept 2006: Part Time lecturer, Newry Institute, Co. Down 

Jan 2000 -- June 2001: Studio Assistant, Charter Studio London

Jan 1999 – Dec 1999: Studio Assistant, Bush Wa Zee Ceramics Sydney

July 1997 -- Oct 1998: Working in several studios in Hong Kong



University of Ulster at Belfast   - Sept 2009 - Jan 2010

University of Ulster at Coleraine – Sept 2008 – May 2009  

University of Ulster at Belfast   - Sept 2001 - June 2003

University of Ulster at Belfast   - Sept 1994 - June 1997

Belfast institute - Sept 1993 - June 1994



MA Multidisciplinary Design

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Arts 

BA Hons Fine Craft Design (Ceramics) 2:1

Certificate in Foundation Studies in Art and Design



IB Diploma Visual Arts level 2, Dubai April 2014

IB MYP Visual Arts level 1, Berlin March 2013

IB Diploma Visual Art level 1, Dubai 2011

IB PYP Level 1, Dubai 2010


selected exhibitions

Tom Caldwell Gallery Belfast, Summer Show 2004

Tom Caldwell Gallery Belfast, Summer Show 2005

The Market Place Arts Centre Armagh Aug – Sept 2005

The Down Arts Centre Downpatrick Nov 2006 – Jan 2006

Triennial Ceramic Show Karachi Pakistan Nov 2006 

NCA Gallery Lahore Pakistan Dec 2006

Ejaz Gallery Lahore Pakistan March 2007

Spacecraft Gallery ‘Making It’ show Oct 2007

NCA Gallery Lahore Pakistan March 2008

The Down Arts Centre Downpatrick Sept – Nov 2008

Spacecraft gallery ‘Making It’ show Oct 2008

Tom Caldwell Gallery Belfast, Summer Show 2009

James Wray Gallery Belfast, Important Irish Paintings and Sculpture Nov 2009

MA Show University of Ulster, Belfast Jan 2010

Craft NI Gallery Belfast, March/April 2010

Spacecraft Gallery Belfast, May 2010

Dubai International Art Centre, Jan 2011

Art Dubai, Design Days, Sikka - Dubai March 2012

AUD, Earth Transformed, Dubai Feb 2014 

DIAC, New forms, Dubai, April 2014

Pullman Hotel, Dubai Artist in Residence May/June 2014

Jamjar Gallery, Dubai Sept 2014

Bait Muzna Gallery Muscat, Oman, Dec/Jan 2015

Design Days Dubai, Wasl Group Show 2016

Taiwan Ceramic Biennale, Taipei July to Jan 2016/7

Silica - Alserkal Ave Dubai November 2016

Design Days Dubai Exhibitor, March 2017

Abu Dhabi Festival, Umm al Emarat Park, 2017

Abwab, Dubai Design Week Nov 2017

DRAK, Dubai Design Week @ Molecule in D3 Nov 2017

AUD, Smoke and Dirt, Dubai Design Week Nov 2017

St’ART 18, Sculpture Network, Uni of Sharjah, Jan 2018

“Geo” Solo show in 1971 Design Space in Sharjah, Feb – Aug 2019

Korean International Ceramic Biennale, September 2019


international residency

NCA Lahore Pakistan, Sept- Dec 2006

Down Arts Centre Downpatrick Ireland, Dec 2006 – Sept 2008

Pullman Hotel Dubai, May 2014 

University of Colombo, Colombo Sri Lanka, June 2014

Gaya Ceramic Art Centre Bali, Indonesia July & Aug 2017



Featured in House and Home Magazine June 2004

Featured in the Irish Arts Review Magazine 25thAnniversary Edition August 2005

Major Feature in Ceramic Review Magazine February 2005

Interviewed on the Radio Ulster Arts Extra Programme March 2005

Major feature in Belfast Telegraph March 2005

Ceramic Review Gallery March 2007

Guest Speaker Triennial Ceramic Show Karachi Pakistan Nov 2006 

Interviewed on the Radio Ulster Arts Saturday show Oct 2007 

Ceramic Review Feature May 2008

Arts Council NI 2009 calendar 

Craft NI Making It Promo 2009

Ceramic Review Gallery March 2010

Ceramic Review Feature Sept 2010

Ceramic Review Feature Jan 2011

Guest on Dubai Television Program ‘Studio One’ March 2011

Gulf News, Print feature and video, April 2012

The National, Exhibition review, Feb 2014

The National, Exhibition review, April 2014

The National, Exhibition review, June 2014

Time Out Dubai, Feature Aug 2014

Times of Oman, January 2015

Designboom, April 2015

Architectural Digest Middle East, May 2015

Beach Road Journal Dubai, September 2015

The National, Van Clef and Arples MEEDA, Feb 2016

Gulf News, May 2016

Dubai Design Week, August 2016

The National, Nov 2016

Designboom, Feb 2017

DesignMENA, March 2017

The Potters Cast, July 2017

Amanqi Edit, Oct 2017

The National, Nov 2017

Architectural Digest Middle East, March/April 2018

Ceramic Art and Perception, May 2018 

Geo Catalogue ISBN ISBN 978-9948-37-156-4 

other information

Member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva

IAC UNESCO Correspondent for the UAE

Crafts Council of Ireland Member

Alserkal Ave, Panel discussion on Materiality, March 2019

Rhode Island School of Design, Presentation/Workshop March 2019

Nominated “Most Innovative brand’ Harpers Bazzar Interiors 2017

Work acquired for the permanent collection of the Yingge Museum Taipei

Dubai Design Week, Workshop, Oct 2016

Belfast Design Week, Presentation Nov 2016

Design Days Dubai, Workshop 2016

Finalist in The Van Cleef and Arples Middle East Emergent Designer Award 2016

Recipient of the Provosts Award for Innovation in Teaching, AUD Dubai 2015

Recipient of the Arts Council of NI Award 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10.

Craft NI ‘Making It’ Programme 06