The Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection
October 27 2015
The Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD) and the Hunt Museum Limerick have joined forces to establish The Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection, inviting six leading Irish ceramic artists to contribute a piece of their work to inaugurate the collection. Is this an important initiative? I think so. The collection will be an important resource for researchers, academics and students in the years ahead, there will be economic benefits for Limerick as cultural tourism continues to grow and the presence of this collection in Limerick will reinforce LSAD’s status as an important academic center for ceramic education.
But more importantly, however, the establishment of an all Ireland contemporary ceramics collection sends out a strong statement on the value of ceramics within the hierarchy of the visual arts in Ireland. Ceramics is an extremely diverse and complex discipline. We see it on display in national museums and use it in intimate domestic settings. Through a material culture lens, it is imbued with a multitude of signs and signifiers. But regardless of how we choose to categorise or analyse it, we need a national collection of work by Irish ceramic artists who deserve recognition within the canon of 20th and 21st century Irish Art. So congratulations to Claire Curneen, Jack Doherty, Sara Flynn, Frances Lambe, Deirdre McLoughlin and Henry Pim (the six artists inaugurating the collection) who have now taken their place in The Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection.