In Co Donegal in a place called Barnesmore Gap, about 10 km from Donegal town, so I guess that makes me a bit of a bogger. I left there for Derry when I was 17, that’s where I started down the art trail.
I guess I really found what I wanted at that age, and was determined to make it a career. I’m 35 now and I’m still doing it. I came to Cork first in 2004 to start a ceramic course.
I live in Blackpool, in a lovely house with three lovely Irish people, I spent five years in London, where I did my Masters at The Royal College of Art. I moved my studio back about a year ago and set up Condie in the heart of Cork city.
Youngest of four and my parents Peter and Annie. My dad is a building contractor, I worked the sites with him as a kid, I think I learned from him through constructing.
My brother has a great company called Sylvia Build in West Cork so there’s a creative streak in the family for sure. I have two sisters, one’s a dancer, the other a nurse.
I would say I don’t have a bestie, but lots of good ones. I’m fairly outgoing.
Let me see, I think I was about two and a half, I was in a little play pen beside the garage outside, it was summer, I was annoyed because I could see my brother cycling up and down the street, I think I wanted to be on that bike.
Well, it’s not the Dalai Lama anyway. I really like Bill Murray, just because he’s just very funny, I’d love to have a pint with him. A friend of mine in London was hanging out with him a few weeks ago; she said he was great fun. I admire different people for different things.
People who keep saying they’re going to do something but don’t do it. People like Donald Trump, Theresa May, whattobe’s, the list goes on.
A Socialist version of Micheal O’Leary, or someone with a bit more forward thinking and a lot more open-minded.
I have a few of them, one that stands out was when we went on family holidays in the summer months, in my early teens. I got tonsillitis and a fever and spent most of the holidays in bed sick, while everyone else was at the beach or pool eating prawn cocktails.
At the moment I’m really enjoying Idiot Abroad with Karl Pilkington, I get a good laugh out of him, but the old classics, Black Books with Dylan Moran and Rik Mayall in Bottom.
I listen to mainly online radio stations these days, like NTS.
I think its probably Prawn Linguine, red chill and garlic sliced very thin, spaghetti, salt, pepper, fishtail prawns, a little bit of spring onions sliced at an angle, small bit of butter, as it’s on the pan, just add a bit of rocket and basil and parmesan at the end. Very tasty.
There are a few places I go to in London, Stoke Newington, up from Dalston where I lived called Vino Viva, cocktails and tapas, very chilled and cheap.
Philip K. Dick, The best Of Philip K. Dick, I grew up reading sci-fi.
The Door of Perception, Aldous Huxley, I think.
Aphex Twin, 26 Mixes For Cash.
At the moment it’s Prefab Sprout — I Remember That.
I would love to see Lali Puna live, they’re a French group, but they don’t really play live, other than that I would like to see Prefab Sprout.
I don’t, but I’d love to have a dog, or a pet owl. I’d really love to have a pet fox, however they’re very complex and should be outside in the wild, they have a lot of energy... so sweet though.
My best working hours are from 12 to 6pm, that when I get most of my work done in the studio, but I normally work from 10 to 7ish.
My proudest moment is probably showing in the Victoria and Albert Museum with Unknown Fields Division and Tody Smith in 2015, on the Rare Earthenware exhibition.
The V&A took the work into their permanent collection in 2016. That work continues to get a lot of coverage worldwide, with articles in the likes of The Guardian, The New York Times and Dezeen.
Spendthrift, but starting to learn, slowly.
The main thing would be the roads, and having to wait for ages for the lights to change to walk across the road.
And of course there is a serious problem with our housing.
That’s a big question. I think being comfortable in my career, where I have a good enough income, getting away to see the world and travelling with my work.
I am showing in the Doswell Gallery in Rosscarbery from November 11 to December 3, and in London in early 2018.
I have an Artist Residency starting in Glasgow in January for three months.
And I’m finishing a new series of wall pieces, and the next Condie product will be launching in December.