Irene Vonck was born on 28 August 1952 in Dublin. In 1971 she trained at the Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall (UK). In 1972 she followed during one year a training at the Brighton Polytechnik Sussex (UK). From 1973 to 1977 Irene followed the Ceramic study at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Her teacher there was Jan van der Vaart. Fellow students during that time include Geert Lap and Barbara Nanning. From 1981 to 1984 Irene shares a Studio with Barbara Nanning in a basement in Amsterdam-West. In 1982 Irene and Barbara make a study trip to Mexico. Between 1995 and 1997 she lives and works on Curacao (Netherlands Antilles). In 1997 she stays for one year in Rome. Then for the sake of bringing up her children she returns to the Netherlands. Irene lives and works than in her Studio 'Coulour Magic ' in the Hague but lately moved to Amsterdam. Her work is in many museum collections, among them Grassi Museum Leipzig, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Pictures: Portrait in black-white, around 1994 (source Keramiek, Niederlandische Gegenwartskeramik, Museum fuer Angewandte Kunst, Gera, 1994); portrait around 2010; blue object (source coutesy Arttransit); two objects from the Curacao Series (source flyeschool.com); wide bowl (source EKWC (Oisterwijk-NL).
- Contemporary Dutch Ceramics, Uitgave Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst, Den Haag, 1988.
- Keramiek, Niederlandische Gegenwartskeramik, Museum fuer angewandte Kunst, Gera, 1994.
- Straus, Cees, 'Sensuele buiken en wulpse schelpen', in: Trouw, 16/09/98