Orla is a Visual Artist based in Cork and is best known for her unique ‘Words in Porcelain’ offering. Despite always having a love of art, she commenced studying art as a mature student in 2010, studying part time at night in the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin,  while working on Construction projects in Dublin Airport during the day.

Orla believes that words are immensely personal to those who consume them, and her love of words is very evident in her work.  Her offering is an emotive one, aiming to stir the senses through meaningful  words, forever immortalised in porcelain".


I'm Orla from Orla O Visual Art. The creator of 'Words in Porcelain ' and other ceramic frivolities.

I'm a Cork onion...(that was to read Corkonian.... But now I feel the need to leave it as Cork onion). 

When I had my little boy Jonah, we moved back to Cork from Dublin, where I lived for approximately 10 years, and Cork is where I have dived head first into my creative world, initially setting up studio in the old hen house ('Palais du Poulet') on the family farm in North Cork. I absolutely loved that Jonah was living out my childhood on the farm I grew up on. Since having Jonah , I have turned my world upside down (in the best way possible) to do what I have always wanted to do, and feel like I am living my dream. 


Only a few years ago, I went to work wearing a hard hat, steel capped boots and a hi vis vest, to oversee construction sites.   

This is now a distant memory, where my daily work day now involves retreating to my current studio in East Cork,

to create what I love. I love what I do, and this in turn means that I will put all that I possibly can into it.​​​​

I am a lover of words.  Words are immensely personal to those who consume them. I like to ensure that

what I make reflects what people are looking for. Each piece I make is so unique and will never be recreated!

Due to each piece being handmade by me, it will never resemble the next.


Porcelain is my ceramic of choice,  traditionally perceived as pristine, smooth and glazed.

My works however, defies this traditional observation, whereby a rugged Porcelain landscape is the canvas to each work of art.

Rough to the touch, these pieces in my eyes reflect a rawness which is sometimes difficult to appreciate. I like to view it as

'Perfection within imperfection'.

Welcome to my World. 

+353 87 1276261

Cork, Ireland