Artist Bio – Helene McCarthy

Helene studied part-time foundation art at Brighton Metropolitan College, gaining a distinction, before progressing to study 3D Design and Craft at Brighton University.

During lockdown, she continued to experiment with firing ceramic pieces on the beach using a wood-burning camping stove, fire pit and paper bins.

Her materials range from paper-mache to garlic to clay. Recently her work has focused on parian, a type of porcelain now only used commercially in her home county of Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. She also uses wild clay from the fields surrounding her family’s home, part of which is made from the same clay.

Helene’s work focuses on narrative and its impact on value and subsequent responses.


2021: Altered, Churchill Square, Brighton Artists Open Houses & Fringe Festival

2021: Out of the Woods Art Fair, Ovingdean


BA (hons) 3D Craft and Design, Brighton University (current-)

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (distinction), Brighton Metropolitan College 2020

MB BCh BA, Trinity College, Dublin, 2011

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