One of Ireland’s most respected ceramicists, Boydell lives on the Beara penninsula in West Cork. Boydell worked as a geologist in Australia and Libya before moving to Allihies, West Cork in 1972 and has been working full time in ceramics since 1983
He uses no tools in making his work, relishing instead the direct contact between hands and the clay. He uses an Irish terracotta clay from Co. Wexford chosen because of the beauty of the orange terracotta that is the perfect background to the colours he works with. His understanding of glazes can be described as an alchemy of bright, brilliant colours which has become a signature of his work.
He exhibits extensively and his work is represented in public collections, including the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, the Ulster Museum, Belfast, the National Self Portrait Collection, Limerick, The Crawford Gallery, Cork, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin. In May 2016, the gallery featured Boydell’s sold-out solo show, Mise Eire.