During August Craft Month 2015, myself and Áine McKenna showcased our current collections at the Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick in the joint exhibition 'History Repeating'. Both local ceramic designer/makers, we were brought together on Craft NI's 'Making It' programme and have worked successfully together on a number of projects.
'Making It' is a 2 year business start-up programme for makers in craft and applied arts in which participants are placed in host organisations. Áine is based at Down Arts Centre and I at the Southern Regional College. As the 2013/15 programme draws to a close the exhibition showcased a body of work that demonstrated the progress made whilst on the programme, and the challenges of creating a commercial product range alongside conceptual ceramic art. 'History Repeating' makes reference to common themes embedded in both our work as we explored the notion of multiples and industrial processes.
Images - Opposite Page Photography
To accompany the exhibition Áine and I carried out two workshops where we demonstrated the processes involved in each of our practices. Áine presented the process of handbuilding using fine sheets of paper clay creating porcelain envelopes and bags and I demonstrated how I make my bone china bottles, dishes and vessels using the slip casting technique.
We would like to thank all those who have visited our exhibition, the Down Arts Centre, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Southern Regional College, Craft NI and Opposite Page Photography without their support ‘History Repeating’ would not have been possible.
'History Repeating' runs until Saturday 29th August at the Down Arts Centre, 2-6 Irish Street, Downpatrick.