Exhibition for Thurles Ceramics Graduate

An exhibition of work by the 12 graduates of the Crafts Council of Ireland’s renowned Ceramics Skills and Design Course has officially opened at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny. Among the artists to feature is Lucy Marie Spillane from Ballycahill, Thurles.

An exhibition of work by the 12 graduates of the Crafts Council of Ireland’s renowned Ceramics Skills and Design Course has officially opened at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny. Among the artists to feature is Lucy Marie Spillane from Ballycahill, Thurles.

On completing an honours degree in product design, Ceramics, at the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2007, Lucy spent a year teaching children Arts and Crafts through the Limerick Youth Service.

She then spent a year travelling throughout Asia, China, Australia and North America.

“My exposure to different cultures has been influential in my approach to design and making. On returning home I continued my studies by attending the Ceramic Skills and Design Course in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. I have also worked in the studios of Mandy Parslow and Kylemore Abbey Pottery,” she said.

The Through the Mill exhibition runs until July 31st and offers visitors to the gallery an opportunity to admire the craftsmanship and invest in pieces by these emerging ceramicists. The display of final project work in each graduate’s signature style reflects their individual technical ability and design aesthetic.

The Ceramics Skills & Design Course, which is based at Island Mill in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, is designed to equip graduates with the practical skills to develop careers in the ceramics industry.

Applications were received from across Europe for the next two-year programme which commences in September 2012 and the 12 places have now been filled.

Through the Mill runs at the National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny, until July 31st and a Meet the Makers evening will take place on Wednesday July 25th at 6.30pm. Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm, Sunday: 11am - 5.30pm. Admission is free. For further details visit www.nationalcraftgallery.ie