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MICHAEL RICE // CERAMICIST

August 16, 2015
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Beachroad meet up with ceramicist Michael Rice a Northern Irishman based in Dubai. He has a Degree in Fine Craft Design, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Art and Design), and a Masters Degree in Multi Disciplinary Design, all from the University of Ulster. 'When looking at a shell on the beach, a stone made beautiful by the endless caress of the tide, objects, forms, things created over time by the earth, I am awed by the skill of nature. I have longed to be able to make things that look as natural as if nature had made them, to create objects that resonate with a timeless quality, with a feeling of a genesis beyond the constructed and manufactured. My current work evolves from the work I made as a degree student and although my experiments with terra sigillata stem from my time as a postgraduate I am still primarily concerned with form, beauty and symmetry. At present the forms are curvaceous and full and although they are influenced by classical pottery I feel they are highly contemporary.

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NAME? // Michael Rice.

YOUR FIRST JOB? // Dodgem Car assistant in an amusement centre when I was 12.

YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // Associate Professor of Sculpture.

YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // My wife, Zahra.

YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Not a big fan of sharks, saw Jaws at age 9 and have been traumatised ever since!

WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // My Dad coming back from London with a pirate hat for me when I was around 2.

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My Dad, he was a very gentle and thoughtful man, I try to be like him, sometimes I succeed.

WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // Skydiving session for my wife at Skydive Dubai for her birthday.

IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // Always go with your heart, but listen to the advice of others too.

YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Being stubborn.

THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Being flaky.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Brendon Gleeson.

FAVOURITE MUSIC? // Rediscovering Manchester at the moment - New Order, The Smiths, Happy Mondays and Stone Roses.

LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // Ryuichi Sakamoto - Best of.

FAVOURITE BOOK? // 1984 - George Orwell.

LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // Nausea - Jean Paul Sartre.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // The work of other ceramicists, artists and designers.

THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // I had pneumonia in Bangkok in 1998, I was alone and it was very scary.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Barcelona, but love traveling and lots of other places too.

LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Don't have one, have enjoyed everywhere I've been.

HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Sleep, or chilling in bed online.

WHY DUBAI? // Been here for 5 years, love it, so many opportunities and a great place to live.

ARE YOU SPORTY? // I run regularly and do some cross-fit from time to time.

BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach.

URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban.

CATS OR DOGS? // Dogs, but like cats too.

COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee.

WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Irish wit.

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Bills.

YOUR MESSAGE? // Be a best friend to yourself.

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