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On completing an honours degree in three-dimensional design, Ceramics at Cardiff School of Art and Design, Mandy returned to Wexford -her home county – to establish her studio pottery in 1994. She moved to her current studio and showroom, a renovated gate-lodge in rural County Tipperary, in 1999. Here Mandy specializes in wood-fired salt-glazed stoneware, building her current kiln in 2006.
Her award winning work is represented in public and private collections in Ireland, the UK and Europe including the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin, the Ulster Museum, Belfast and the Consulate General of Ireland, Shanghai, China. She exhibits on a regular basis both in Ireland and abroad. Past exhibitions include SOFA, Chicago in 2008, Collect, Saatchi Galleries, London and the Irish Pavilion, World Expo, Shanghai in 2010, Irish Craft Portfolio in 2010 to 2014 and Ceramic Art London, RCA in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In September 2011 she was among a group of Irish ceramists who spent a month in Fuping, China making a body of work for the creation of the Irish Pavilion, a permanent collection of Irish ceramics in China.
In 2010 Mandy completed an MA in the History of Art and Architecture. She was visiting lecturer at the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramics Skills and Design course from 2006 to 2011. She was then Assistant Lecturer in Ceramics at Limerick School of Art and Design and has recently taken over the leadership of the School’s ceramic programme.