Deirdre McCrory

Biography of the artist and printmaker

'Since I started printmaking I have enjoyed exploring and experimenting with various techniques. Some of these I was familiar with because of my work as an enameller. The acquisition of a larger kiln and recent concentration on photo-intaglio and etching has furthered the interaction between my prints and enamels. My imagery comes from my environment at home and abroad and the plants and animal life that encroach on it'. (Deirdre McCrory)

Deirdre McCrory trained at Belfast College of Art where she obtained an NDD in Printed Textiles and Jewellery in 1965. She then completed a three year Postgraduate Course at the Royal College of Art leading to an MDes (RCA) in Jewellery in 1968.

Since then, Deirdre has worked as an applied artist specialising in enamelling and latterly printmaking. She also taught part-time Jewellery and Enamelling in the Ulster Polytechnic/University of Ulster and Enamelling on the Crafts Council of Ireland Jewellery Skills Course.

She exhibits nationally and internationally both as an individual artist and as a member of the British Society of Enamellers and Seacourt Print Workshop.

Deirdre’s work is also in numerous public and private collections. She had solo exhibitions of prints and enamels: ‘Images in Print and Enamel’ in 1999 at the Bay Tree Gallery, Holywood; and ‘Natural Selection’ in 2002 at the Townhouse Gallery, Belfast. A recent Arts Council Support for the Individual Artist Award has influenced her work for the ‘Silver Connections’ exhibition, which appeared at Island Arts Centre, Lisburn in April 2006.