Touchstone at the National Design & Craft Gallery

Touchstone is the third exhibition in Ceramics Ireland triennial series

Touchstone, an exhibition by Ceramics Ireland to celebrate the breadth of Irish ceramic practice, will open at the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on Friday, 17 November 2017. Curated by ceramicists Tina Byrne and Elaine Riordan (editor and chairperson of Ceramics Ireland respectively) and featuring a variety of approaches to working with clay, Touchstone is a visual feast exploring form, figure, and function. The exhibition will be officially launched by Minister John Paul Phelan, T.D. at 6.30pm on opening night.

Touchstone is the third exhibition in Ceramics Ireland triennial series and will coincide with the 40th anniversary of Ceramics Ireland. This contemporary exhibition will feature 36 ceramic artists across the broad spectrum of clay practice to include sculptural, decorative, functional and installation based works.

This contemporary exhibition will run at the National Design & Craft Gallery until 21 January 2018 and features 36 ceramic artists of and from Ireland, across the broad spectrum of clay practice, including sculptural, decorative, functional and installation-based works. An independent expert panel of three selected from over 100 applications and the chosen group includes the work of celebrated makers, including Frances Lambe, Cormac Boydell, Adam Frew, Sara Flynn, and Gráinne Watts, many of whom are featured in DCCoI’s PORTFOLIO progragmme. The exhibition also highlights the work of makers who are embarking on their careers such as Cathy Burke and Ann McBride, who are former DCCoI Future Maker Awards & Supports recipients, as well as Aisling McElwain, a recent graduate of the DCCoI Ceramics Skills & Design Course.

The full list of artists features:

Adam Frew | Aisling McElwain | Alex Scott | Alison Kay | Andrew Ludick | Ann McBride | Caroline Getty | Cathy Burke | Claire McLaughlin | Cormac Boydell | Deirdre McLoughlin | Elaine Riordan | Eleanor Swan | Frances Lambe | Grainne Watts | Gus Mabelson | Ingrid Murphy | Isobel Egan | Jack Doherty | Jennifer Hickey | Katharine West | Lucy Morrow | Mandy Parslow | Marcus O'Mahony | Mark Campden | Markus Jungmann | Michael Flynn | Mike Byrne | Nuala Creed | Nuala O'Donovan | Owen Quinlan | Peter Fulop | Sara Flynn | Susan O'Byrne | Tara Frey | Vicki Sutherland

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17 November 2017 to 21 January 2018


National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny


Free Admission

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm, Sunday + Bank Holidays: 11am – 5.30pm, Closed Mondays

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