THE IRISH CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS COLLECTION (ICCC)
The Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection (ICCC) is a joint project between the Ceramics programme, Limerick School of Art and Design (LIT) and the Hunt Museum to establish an all-island collection of contemporary ceramics. It is envisioned that this collection will grow annually to reflect the richness, diversity and creativity of contemporary Irish ceramic practice.
In 2015 six leading Irish ceramic artists have contributed to enhance the collection with their work. They are: Sara Flynn, Jack Doherty, Henry Pim, Francis Lambe, Claire Curneen and Deirdre McLoughlin. Please note, only five of these pieces are on display for Slow Art Day.
The project is supported by Limerick Institute of Technology, The Hunt Museum, and The Design and Craft Council of Ireland.
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Guardian Vessel (2015) Jack describes himself as being, interested in the particular usefulness of things, the sense of an object as being something which has a place in life. These pots are to do with function but are not necessarily about utility or usefulness, these are vessels for drinking, for sharing, for display and for storage.
Convex Concave (2015) Lambe’s work is drawn from a convergence of contrasting sources. Her work contains the counterpoint of opposites. The sphere, the oval and undulating forms underpin Lambe’s visual language. The form of each piece is of prime focus. The constructed walls form a taut ‘membrane’ between the inner and exterior space. Holes punctuate the surface and link exterior to interior.
I Am Too (2015) McLoughlin is based in Amsterdam with a studio in Xpositron, an eco friendly facility on the edge of town. She has said, “Everything I know is in my work, I don’t always understand what I know.” As a dancer practises pliés and a singer scales Deirdre makes a few of these I AM TOO sculptures every year. The form is basically an open ovoid with attitude. Each is unique and so not numbered.
Daphne (2015) Claire Curneen’s work is distinct for its figurative representation. As one of the UK's foremost ceramic artists Curneen draws us into a world of narrative, where the tension between the real and the imagined is played out before us. Her ceramic figures have an imposing presence which tap into our desires, fears and mysteries.
Vessel (2015) Sara's work concentrates on the challenges of thrown forms, which are then altered and changed at varying stages of the drying process, producing Sculptural Decorative Vessels. In essence, the major concerns that her work deals with are a love of the process of throwing, an on-going relationship with porcelain and a fascination with the theme of the vessel, in both literal and abstracted interpretations.
Background image: Detail of Frances Lambe Convex Concave