CENTRED in Cork

 Owen Quinlan, detail from ‘Environment to Object’ series. Stoneware fired ceramics using layered slips, glazes and raw materials.

Owen Quinlan, detail from ‘Environment to Object’ series. Stoneware fired ceramics using layered slips, glazes and raw materials.

 
 

February 04 2015

The arrival of the current issue of Ceramics Ireland served as a great reminder of the myriad of events relating to ceramic practice that took place throughout 2014. To quote the magazines editor, Tina Byrne, ‘Wow! What a year it has been for ceramic activity in Ireland.’ The issue discusses and reviews all the major exhibitions, graduate shows, awards and conferences of 2014 – definitely one for practitioners, educators, writers or collectors to keep on file for future reference.

However this issue also serves as a reminder of the great work done by the organisation. Committed to presenting the very best of contemporary Irish ceramic practice, Ceramics Ireland produces an excellent showcase exhibition every three years. In 2011 they presented transFORM and in 2014, their second major show entitled CENTRED, coincided with the visit of the International Academy of Ceramics to Ireland. Both these shows, which feature functional, decorative, sculptural and installation based works, has been well curated, toured and was supported by a good catalogue. When budgets are limited it is refreshing to see an organisation exhibit less, but exhibit well.

CENTRED has now come to Cork and runs at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery from February 6 – 28. For anyone with a passion for clay, this is one not to be missed.

 

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Frances McDonald