Mike Byrne graduated in Ceramic Design from Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD) Ireland, in 1977. Having worked as designer in the National Design Centre at Kilkenny Design Workshops, he established a production studio, continuing to work as a designer to the ceramic industry. In the mid-1980s he commenced his teaching career and began to develop an art practice in ceramics and printmaking, completing an MA in Fine Art in 2000.
He has exhibited extensively both at home and abroad. His work features in a number of private and national collections including the Ulster Museum, AIB bank, University of Limerick, the OPW and the National Portrait Collection. He is also co-founder of The Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection at the Hunt Museum. Mike was Course Leader of the Ceramic Design Course at LSAD from 2009 to 2015. He retired from teaching in 2016 and now concentrates fully on his artistic practice. In 2016 he won the Peter Brennen award for innovation.
He was selected for ‘Portfolio, Critical Selection’ by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland in 2017/18 and showed in ‘Narratives in Making’ in the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny and in the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales, and in 2019/20 showing in ‘Surface Matters’ in Kilkenny and Barcelona. His work was featured in the November 2017 issue of Ceramic Review.
In 2020 he was invited to Show ‘In the Window’ in association with the Liverpool Irish Festival at the Bluecoat Display Centre.
In 2021 he was selected for ‘Conjuring Form’, Portfolio Critical Selection, DCCoI.
He lives and works in Limerick City.