Curriculum Vitae



2014-2015 - MA Ceramics, Cardiff Metropolitan School of Art and Design


2011-2014 - Contemporary Applied Arts BA Hons, University of Ulster, Belfast School of Art, Grade 2:1


2010-2011 - Foundation Course BA Hons, University of Ulster, Belfast School of Art



2020 - Recipient of Rural Business Development Grant from Feramanagh & Omagh Council and DEARA


2018 - Recipient of Arts Council NI SIAP Funding towards studio equipment

2016 - Recipient of Arts Council NI SIAP Funding towards an international residency at Medalta's Shaw Centre for Ceramics in Canada.

2016 - Finalist for NI Young Artist of the Year


2015 - Nominee for Arts and Crafts Design Award


2014 - Craft in Business Award, presented by Craft NI and Invest NI


2012 - Annual Prize for First Year Achievement in Ceramics




2017 - 1280˚ Magazine October 2017 Edition, Published by Ceramic Artists Association of Isreal

2016 - ‘Who’s Who in Visual Art’ 2016-17 Edition, Published by Art Domain Whois Verlag, Quedlinburg, Germany, 2016

2015 - Project Network Autumn 2015 Edition Catalogue


2014 - 'University of Ulster, Belfast', Ceramic Ireland, Issue 34


2014 - 'Ceramics at Art School' article, Ceramic Review, November/December, Issue 270


2014 - 'Rachel Leary is fired up for her future'


2014 - Belfast School of Art, Univerity of Ulster Graduate catalogue




2016 - 'A Material Experience': Test Tube Edition, purchased as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's permanent collection

2012 - Private Commission, University of Ulster


Professional Activities:

2017-Present - Watercolour workshop tutor at community groups such as Gortin Community Centre, Sion Mill Senior Group and Fivemiletown Craft Market


2017-Present - Ceramic workshop tutor at community groups such as Strabane Unemployment Centre, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh and Newtownstewart 2000 Centre

2017 - OOD Collective 6 week Residency, Medalta's Shaw Centre for Ceramics, Medicine Hat, Canada

2016 - 2017 Art Production Operative at Spires Art Gallery, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland

2015 - Project Network 6 week Residency, Guldagergaard International Ceramics Centre, Skaelskor, Denmark


2013 - Masterclass in Guerilla Metal Casting with Peter Musson


2013 - Fused Glass Course with Alison Lowry


2012-2013 - Chairperson of Contemporary

Applied Art, University of Ulster


2011 - Masterclass in Hand-building with Deirdre McLoughlin


2011 - Masterclass in Ceramic Printing with Paul Scott



2020 - UNLOCKED Exhibition, CraftNI, Belfast, N. Ireland


2018 - Royal Ulster Academy's Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast, N. Ireland


2018- 'Made:Grown' Solo Exhibition, Ards Art Centre, Newtownards, N. Ireland

2017 - 'Landscape Defined', Framewerk, Belfast, N. Ireland

2017 - 'Connected', Synergy Studios, Newcastle, N. Ireland

2016 - Royal Ulster Academy's Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, N. Ireland

2016 - Visual Arts Open, Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, N. Ireland


2016 - Joint Exhibition with Sculptor John Rainey, Strules Arts Centre, Omagh, N.Ireland


2016 - ‘The Art of Craft’, Presented by the Craft and Design Collective, Armagh Marketplace Theatre and Gallery, Armagh, N. Ireland


2016 - ‘MADE’, Presented by the Craft and Design Collective, Space Craft, Belfast, N. Ireland


2016 - Open Submission Exhibition, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, N. Ireland


2015 - Project Network Exhibtion, Applehouse Gallery, Denmark


2015 - Masters End of Year Show, Cardiff Metropolitan School of Art and Design


2014 - Contemporary Applied Arts End of Year Degree Show, Belfast School of Art


2013 - ‘A Culture of Making; Growth and Evolution’, Presented by the Tyrone Design

Guild, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh


2013 - ‘Fusion’, Presented by The Craft and Design Collective, Space Craft, Belfast


2013 - Exhibition in Rspace Gallery, Lisburn


2013 - Progression of Work Exhibition, University of Ulster, Belfast


2012 - Exhibition in Craft NI, Belfast


2012 - Christmas Exhibition, University of Ulster, Belfast