A reception to mark the Exhibition of Ceramics from graduates of the Maynooth University accredited Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramics Skills and Design course took place on Tuesday, June 16th at 3.30 in the John Paul II Library on the Maynooth University Campus. The Exhibition was opened by Elaine Riordan, past chair of Ceramics Ireland and Lecturer in Ceramics and 3D Studies at the Limerick School of Art and Design. Elaine is a Board Member of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and a graduate of the Ceramics Skills and Design programme.
The exhibition has been open to the public is running for the month of June, and displays work by the 2014 graduates from the course which covers all aspects of ceramic production. Gus Mabelson, the Design Course Manager, while praising the high quality of the works also highlighted the work of past students on the course.
The library provided a very pleasant setting for the official opening of this wonderful exhibition. There was a great turnout, with many members of the local community in attendance.
Josephine Finn, Head of the Department of Adult and Community Education paid tribute to the talent, creativity and commitment to process and hard work that the students had displayed in the crafting of their pieces. John Tynan, Head of Education and Training with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland also spoke and paid tribute to the skill and commitment of the tutors and students.
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s (DCCoI) Ceramic Skills and Design Training Course is located at the beautiful Island Mill, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny and is a two year intensive skills based programme. Now in its twenty-first year, this extremely successful course has established an excellent reputation in the industry both nationally and internationally. This course if offered in partnership with Maynooth University’s Kilkenny Campus, and under the academic responsibility of the university’s Department of Adult and Community Education since 2011.
More photos from the exhibition can be found on Flickr