Work samples

  • Ceramic Helmet #3 (Vase)
    This is the third helmet design of a series I have been working on over the past year. This helmet, made out of clay and then fired to ceramic form, is a wearable helmet with two handles for the user to hold onto as well as a vase atop the head for holding arrangements of flowers. This helmet comes with a matching, flower-weilding wrist adornment which is tied to the wearer's wrist.
  • Goggles, Games, Among Other Things
    This is a series of ceramic objects that could ideally be scattered around a house or displayed on a table for someone to use and play around with. Each object has its own function and activates a different form of motion and creativity. A smash-able ceramic paddle and ball game, a tool holder which can be looped onto a belt, a cup with a cork that you can pull out, goggles, a weight, a trophy, a candle holder and flame snuffer, and a comb. Each of these objects require activation and play in some form.
  • Flocked Candle Holders
    These flocked candleholders are wheel thrown in multiple parts, then combined into large forms that experiment with how grand in scale a form can be that is used to hold just one candlestick. They are surfaced with a layer of flocking to create an element of softness to the touch.
  • Kick Me
    This wooden device is made for smashing ceramic plates using the swift movement of one's kick. Included are a wooden plate hanger/hook, a painted “X” stand for plate-impact, ceramic plates with holes for hooking, and some painted cones (for guidance and for cautionary purposes). Smash to your heart's desire!

About Iris

Baltimore City
Iris Hughey is a multidisciplinary artist from Dallas, Texas. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art in May of 2020 in the midst of COVID-19. Hughey focused on drawing and jewelry-making in high school, which led her onto a continued path of drawing and sculpture-making at MICA. There, she took courses focusing on ceramics, woodworking, sustainability, and social practice, gaining from them what have since deeply impacted the trajectory of her… more

Ceramic Helmet #3 (Vase)

The two objects pictured are a wearable ceramic helmet and a wearble ceramic wrist guard, both used for holding/displaying flower arrangements. This is part an ongoing series where I make wearble, multi-functioning ceramic helmets with matching wrist guards. Each helmet and wrist guard set will have different functions, such as holding tools, food, displaying playful objects, or presenting interactive games. The helmet has two handles for the user to hold onto as they put it on,take it off, or move around, and the wrist guard has a ribbon which can be tied onto the wearer's wrist.  The purpose of these helmet sets are for wearers of all ages to play and converse with the world in ways they had not before. 

  • Ceramic Helmet #3 (Vase)
    "Ceramic Helmet #3 (Vase)," 12" x 7" x 16," Spray painted, hand-built ceramic stoneware, dried flowers, 2021
  • Ceramic Helmet #3 (Vase)
    "Ceramic Helmet #3 (Vase)," 12" x 7" x 16," Spray painted, hand-built ceramic stoneware, dried flowers, 2021
  • Ceramic Helmet #3 (Vase) and wrist element, worn
  • Ceramic Helmet #3 Wrist Element
    "Ceramic Helmet #3 Wrist Element," 2.5" x 2" x 4.5," Spray painted, hand-built ceramic stoneware, dried flowers, 2021
  • Ceramic Helmet #3 Wrist Element
    "Ceramic Helmet #3 Wrist Element," 2.5" x 2" x 4.5," Spray painted, hand-built ceramic stoneware, dried flowers, 2021

Goggles, Games, Among Other Things

This is a series of ceramic objects that could ideally be scattered around a house or displayed on a table for someone to use and play with. Each object has its own function and activated a form of motion and creativity. A smash-able ceramic paddle and ball game, a tool/writing utensil holder which can be looped onto a belt, a cup with a cork that you can pull out, goggles, a pink weight, a trophy, a candle holder and flame snuffer, and a comb. Each of these objects require activation in some form and ask for play. All  are primarily ceramic with added wood, string, a candle, paper, and painted details.

  • Goggles, Games, Among Other Things
    "Goggles, Games, Among Other Things," Glazed and painted ceramic earthenware, string, cork, paper, flocking, candle stick, 2020
  • Smash Me
    Ceramic paddle and ball game. Can be used approximately 1-5 times, depending on the force of the smash. Both the paddle and ball are ceramic. "Smash Me," 13" x .5" x 5," 2020
  • What do you see?
    Ceramic goggles with a flocked detailing, used for play. "What do you see?," 5" x 2.5" x 6," Painted ceramic earthenware, flocking, 2020

Kick Me

This wooden device is made for smashing ceramic plates using the swift movement of one's kick. Included are a wooden plate hanger/hook, a painted “X” stand for plate-impact, ceramic plates with holes for hooking, and some painted cones (for guidance and for cautionary purposes). Smash to your heart's desire! 
  • Kick Me
    "Kick Me," 6' x 4' x 4,' Poplar wood, earthenware with white slip, string, metal hook, plywood, paint, 2020
  • Kick Me, Smashed
    Aftermath shot of plate-smashing piece where plate has been kicked against the X-marked board and smashed to pieces upon impact. (2020)
  • Kick Me, Plates
    Detail shot of the ceramic plates that are used for "Kick Me." Each plate has a hole located near the edge so that it can be hung from the hook attached to the wooden arm of the piece.
  • Kick Me
    Video of "Kick Me" sculpture in use, 2020

Multi-functional Jars

These jars were both made within the same month, with the same question in mind -- What can a jar function as other than a vessel to hold? Can it be worn? Can it tell a story? Drawing inspiration from a ceramics book containing photographs of  Mexican ceramic water jugs strung on donkeys for travel, I made a wearable jar for holding and then serving a beverage of the wearer's choice. My second jar was inspired by images plastered in my mind from a childhood storybook where a man in striped pajamas (Ebenezer Scrooge, most likely) carries a candleholder around his home. The jar can be used to hold food or objects and its lid functions as a handled candleholder that can be carried around the home.
  • Jarred Candle
    "Jarred Candle," 6" x 4.5" x 12," Glazed stoneware, slip, candlestick, 2018
  • Jarred Candle
    "Jarred Candle," 6" x 4.5" x 12," Glazed stoneware, slip, candlestick, 2018
  • Jug, Worn
    "Jug, Worn," 7" x 7" x 10," Glazed stoneware, underglaze, twine, 2019
  • Jug, Worn
    "Jug, Worn," 7" x 7" x 10," Glazed stoneware, underglaze, twine, 2019

Flocked Candle Holders

These flocked candleholders are wheel thrown in multiple parts, then combined into large forms that experiment with how grand in scale a form can be that is used to hold just a single candlestick. They come with built-in "mouse holes" for storing matches or lighters to light the candles. The middle form is a candle holder as well, but is disguised as a lamp, still offering light but instead from a live flame rather than lightbulb. 

  • Flocked Candle Holders
    "Flocked Candle Holders," 3' x 1' x 3,' Bisque earthenware, adhesive, paint, flock, 2020

Dish Drying Rack

This is a drying rack for ceramic dishes, complete with carved wooden pins for helping pin up your droopy dishes. Hopefully the dishes will be dry soon so you can use them again!


  • Dish Drying Rack
    "Dish Drying Rack," Glazed stoneware clay, polar wood, carved wood, 31" x 22" x 42," 2018
  • Dish Drying Rack, dishes
    Close up view of ceramic fork, mug, and bowl
  • Dish Drying Rack, plate and pins
    Close up view of ceramic plate and wooden pins

Where would you like to go?

This is a wearable, personal-sized tent which can be used for occasions such as walking your dog, changing clothes for an event, walking down the street with your friend, and other various activities of the wearer's choosing.  The tent is lightweight and has a slit in the fabric that allows the wearer to peek through and see where they are walking. Great conversation-starter! 
  • Where would you like to go?
    "Where would you like to go?," 7.2' x 2.5' x 2.5,' Poplar wood, cloth, paint, 2018
  • Where would you like to go?
    "Where would you like to go?," 7.2' x 2.5' x 2.5,' Poplar wood, cloth, paint, 2018

A Box for Drinks and Cards

Bring a loved one and go somewhere special with this travel-sized box, used for holding two cups and a deck of playing cards. You can pour a drink or two into each cup and learn a new game together! This piece is meant to assist in creating a fun and shareable moment between two people. 
  • A Box for Drinks and Cards
    "A Box for Drinks and Cards," 13" x 7" x 9," Poplar wood box and lid, glazed earthenware cups, ceramic earthenware handle for box lid with burnished slip, deck of playing cards, 2018
  • A Box for Drinks and Cards
    "A Box for Drinks and Cards," 13" x 7" x 9," Poplar wood box and lid, glazed earthenware cups, ceramic earthenware handle for box lid with burnished slip, deck of playing cards, 2018
  • A Box for Drinks and Cards, closed
    "A Box for Drinks and Cards," 13" x 7" x 9," Poplar wood box and lid, glazed earthenware cups, ceramic earthenware handle for box lid with burnished slip, deck of playing cards, 2018

Garniture Set

This is a garniture set made for any home. Garniture sets were traditionally made for showcasing one's high class in the form of a set of ceramic vessels, lined up on a mantel or atop a cabinet. This particular garniture set uses checkered patterning and gold luster-application to imitate visual cues of a high class garniture set, while adorning forms that are playful and functional for everyday use. The forms included are three candleholders and two lidded jars, all which include green flocked details to add an occasional fuzzy texture. The candleholders each include a "mouse hole" to house matches or lighters for the candles. 
  • Garniture Set
    "Garniture Set," 38" x 10" x 22," Glazed stoneware, slip, gold luster, green flock, candles, 2019
  • Garniture Set Lamp
    "Garniture Set Lamp," 10" x 10" x 22," Glazed stoneware, gold luster, green flock, candle, 2019
  • Garniture Set Jar
    "Garniture Set Jar," 7" x 7" x 13," Glazed stoneware, slip, gold luster, green flock, 2019
  • Garniture Set Candleholder
    "Garniture Set Candleholder," 6" x 6" x 14.5," Glazed stoneware, slip, gold luster, green flock, candle, 2019