June 21 2015
I enjoy attending the degree shows each year and am always excited to see what new talent, particularly in craft and design, is emerging. I’m pleased to say that this year didn’t disappoint. First up was Limerick School of Art and Design whose Graduate Show opened on June 6th. LSAD has a strong ceramics department with 19 graduating this year. Good to see some functional tableware alongside, more frequently seen, sculptural work. On the functional side, Siobhán O’Shea’s geometric slip cast pieces demonstrated good potential while Kim Vincent’s sculptural work referenced tableware, combining themes of memory and community in an interesting way and Zuzana Jezikova’s well constructed works were inspired by Irish myth and legend.
One week later, the Crawford College of Art & Design opened and again, there was some good work from the students of the College’s Contemporary Applied Art Department. Andrew Whitelaw’s objects referenced restraint and minimalism and were beautifully displayed while Pim Winjnmaalen’s forms, which were both interconnected and torn apart, provided a commentary on our changing, and increasingly damaged, ecosystem. I was also pleased to see textiles included in this year’s Crawford show; Ann Mechelinck’s multilayered wall mounted pieces were beautifully fragile and well executed.
Good luck to all of this years graduates – I look forward to seeing some of them continue to develop their practice and exhibit their work at future events in the years ahead.