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The Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection project in Limerick

Pictured: Henry Pim, a past ceramics course leader at NCAD, with his ceramic grid sculptures. Pic Sean Curtin Fusionshooters.

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, Limerick 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. Six leading Irish ceramic artists have been invited to contribute a piece of their work to inaugurate the collection. They are Sara Flynn, Jack Doherty, Henry Pim, Francis Lambe, Claire Curneen andDeirdre McLoughlin.

Three of the artists explore the vessel form in very different directions; Sara Flynn with consummate levels of control, Jack Doherty with an increasing sense of having left the constrictions of studio pottery behind and Deirdre McLoughlin as dynamic sculpture. Claire Curneen is unusual among Irish ceramic artists in that her work is clearly figurative.

Frances Lambe’s abstract sculptures are subtly adventurous explorations of hidden aspects of the natural world while Henry Pim’s ceramic grid sculptures reflect the way that information is gathered and processed.

The possibility of establishing a ceramics collection in Limerick was initially proposed when the first National City of Culture was held in Limerick in 2014. During that year the Hunt Museum hosted ‘Culture of Clay’, an exhibition celebrating 40 years of the Ceramics programme at LIT Limerick School of Art and Design.

Following the success of this exhibition and working on existing links between LSAD and the Hunt Museum, the Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection was established. The selection of artists will be an annual process, chosen by representatives of the Hunt Museum, LSAD Ceramics Programme, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and Ceramics Ireland.

This allows the collection to build over time to represent the very best of Irish contemporary clay artists. The new collection will be officially launched in the Hunt Museum on Thursday 22nd October from 4 – 6pm. To mark the launch, Limerick School of Art and Design in conjunction with Irish Ceramics in Education (ICE) will host a series of lectures by four of this year’s contributors, Sara Flynn, Jack Doherty, Frances Lambe and Henry Pim.

The lectures will take place in the Church Gallery, Limerick School of Art and Design, Clare St, Limerick on Thursday 22nd October from 10 am – 3.30pm. All are welcome, but please email [email protected] to confirm your place.

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