Nuala O’Donovan was born in Cork City in Ireland. She spent a number of years living and working in the U.K., Australia and the U.S.A. before returning to Cork in 1997. She completed a BA(Hons) in Three-Dimensional Design at Middlesex University in the U.K. and studied ceramics at the Crawford College of Art and Design graduating with an MA. Since graduating Nuala O’Donovan has won a number of National awards and her work has been exhibited internationally.


“My work combines regular pattern with the characteristics of irregular patterns and forms from nature. Each element of the pattern is individually made, the form is constructed slowly over a period of weeks or months. The finished forms are a result of an intuitive response to the direction that the pattern takes as well as the irregularity in the handmade elements of the pattern”.


The National Sculpture Factory,
Albert Rd./South link Rd, Cork,



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Thereza Pedrosa

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Founder and Director of Beautiful People Live Art || Thereza Pedrosa was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) in 1985, and grew up in Bassano del Grappa (Italy) and in Lausanne (Switzerland). In love with Europe, she operates borderless from her new location near Leipzig (Germany). Graduated in Conservation of Cultural Goods at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, and a jewelry designer herself, she promotes contemporary artists and designers worldwide. Her engagement is manyfold: selecting the most promising trends, promoting contamination between the arts, by editing online and offline publications.