MS and ME

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Rita Ann has many life experiences; from running her own Architectural and food businesses, fundraising for communities and the homeless, gaining a qualification in Radio Broadcasting and producing a documentary for RTE Doc on One, to name but a few.

Having studied Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), she returned to Sligo, Ireland, in 1992 and established her own private architectural practice. Over a 15 year period, she worked on a variety of projects from their inception to completion and collaborated with other Architectural practices.

Having completed a BA(Hons) in Ceramic Design at Limerick School of Art and Design, TUS (Midwest), in 2022, Rita Ann feels she has come full circle back to her creative roots.

Experimenting with different clays and techniques it is allowing her to question, explore and express the essence of who, what and how we are in the world. As a maker, Rita Ann uses ceramics to explore both personal and social issues.


Group Exhibitions


2021    Core Exhibition.  Year-end online exhibition 3rd-year Ceramic Design students at LSAD, Limerick, Ireland

2019    Gorey School of Art.  Year-end student exhibition in Periphery Space for QQI Level 6 Art & Design, Advanced Portfolio Preparation


1991    A Gateway For Venice, an international competition organised by Fifth International Architecture Biennale.  I assisted Vladimir Arsene, Architect. The Exhibition took place in Venice, September 1991.

1990    Designing Urban Housing, Lower East Side, N.Y. Student Competition for 4th-year Architectural students at both NJIT, Newark and Columbia University.  The theme dealt with the idea of green space within the urban context.  Exhibition and Discussion took place at Columbia University, NY, USA.


Independent artist


MS and ME

MS and ME

Receiving a diagnosis of a degenerative autoimmune disease is a life-altering moment.  The relationship with my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is complex, with the realisation that my body is attacking itself, creating multiple lesions in my brain and spinal cord.

One of the central nervous system’s smallest and most important components is the neuron. It is responsible for transmitting information throughout the nervous system and is essential for every action in our body and brain. MS triggers white blood cells in the body to attack the protective covering of the neurons, disrupting the communication pathways and affecting how my body works.

This is an unpredictable disease, where symptoms are often invisible. They manifest themselves in a seemingly random way. Order and chaos are closely related. I work daily to manage and control this autoimmune disease. The initial overwhelming negativity is now balanced by a reclaiming of control, embracing change and facilitating many positive life decisions.

Using the neuron as a metaphor for the disease, my work explores the order and chaos that has been forced on me. Porcelain, with its’ contradictions of strength and delicacy is my chosen material to explore these concerns. As it moves in the kiln, I relinquish control, just as I must sometimes relinquish control to MS. Glaze inclusions act as lesions on the pure porcelain as I strive to make the invisible visible.