The Class of 2014
July 28 2014
It was nice to see a broad spectrum of ceramic practice at the degree shows this year with students presenting sculptural and figurative work, installations and even tableware although, yet again, it seems that this is a route taken by very few students.
Yestin Reboul’s figurative works, in the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design show were at first glance reminiscent of Giacometti but on closer inspection these were very difference figures – the medium of clay giving them a sense of primitiveness and fragility. They appeared both in groups and individually and were, as the maker suggests in his statement, ‘meditative in appearance’.
In Limerick School of Art & Design, Ciara Normoyle’s large scale sculptural works, which explored texture and shape, were inspired by the lines on the Scribbly Gum tree (an Australian Eucalyptus). This was a strong body of work and I’m pleased to see that Ciara has been included in the Gallery Zozimus exhibition Art of Clay ‘All Fired Up’ which is part of this years Dublin Craft Trail taking place in conjunction with IAC2014.
The beautiful, organic and yet strangely mysterious sculptural works of Etaoin O’Reilly were one of the highlights of the National College of Art & Design show. Etaoin was also the overall ‘Student Future Maker’ award winner in 2014 and her ceramic works entitled ‘Buggaplants’ explore the relationship between the positive and negative aspects of the natural worlds.