MA in Multidisciplinary Design, University of Ulster, Belfast UK
P.G.C.E. Art and Design Education, University of Ulster, Coleraine UK
BA in Fine Craft Design, University of Ulster, Belfast UK
Professor Rice was appointed Chair of the VC department in September 2018. He joined AUD as an Associate Professor of Studio Art in 2014, prior to this he spent 15 years teaching in Universities, Schools and Art centers worldwide, relocating to Dubai in 2010.
As an Artist, Designer, and Maker who specializes in ceramics his work is concerned with surface, texture, natural geometry, gestalt principals and archetypal forms. He exhibits internationally and has undertaken artist residencies in the UK, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, UAE and Indonesia.
Professor Rice is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics based in Geneva and the IAC UNESCO representative for the UAE. As a writer, he has published articles in the UK based ‘Ceramic Review’ and the Australian publication ‘Ceramics Art and Perception’.
He regularly receives invitations to speak about his work and has given presentations in leading Universities and institutions worldwide including the University of Ulster in the UK, Rhode Island School of Design in the US and New York University in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
In 2016 he exhibited as a finalist in the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei and was the runner-up in the Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East Emergent Designer Prize. He was a finalist in the Korean Ceramic Biennale 2019 and has again been selected as a finalist for the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale in 2020, he is a finalist in the KOGEI Award in Toyama, Japan in 2021 and will exhibit with the Mulan Gallery as part of Singapore Design Week in 2021.
In his free time, he enjoys creating new works to exhibit, reading and traveling.