Claire McLaughlin studied at Ulster University and completed a Masters in Ceramics and Glass at the RCA in 1997. She maintained a studio at Cockpit Arts in London until taking up a lecturing post at GMIT, Galway, now the Centre for Creative Arts and Media at The Atlantic Technological University. In 2019, she took early retirement to pursue her practice. She is based in East Galway.
Her work explores aspects of material culture, particularly in the domestic context expressed through the media of clay/ceramics, printing, photography and, more recently, sound/singing. To enrich her practice she completed Professional Postgrad Diplomas in the Creative Use of Archives and in Art and Ecology through the Creative Futures Academy and is exploring new creative directions as a result.