A Tower’s Tale is an exhibition of Ceramic work by the Transition Year Students in The Abbey School, Tipperary Town
Pupils were guided by their art teacher Ms. Carey and Ceramic Artist Thomas Wollen. The students will display their work in the Gallery of the Tipperary Excel Centre from November 30th - December 9th 2017. Opening times of the Gallery: 10-5pm daily. Admission is free and all are welcome!
Andrew Richardson, on behalf of the group, explained the background to the project “Over the past three months, our class created an exhibition of work inspired by the former Tipperary Military Barracks. Our project theme was “Change Of Use”. In order to get a better understanding of our local heritage and the many historic buildings adjacent to our school, Dr. Denis Marnane came to our school to talk to us about the history of Tipperary Town, its role during the Irish Civil War and of course, the Military Barracks itself.
We took down notes during his talk which we used as part of our research. We also photographed and made drawings of these buildings. We discussed in class how the former Barracks had evolved into a Gaelic Sports Grounds. In class we sketched and discussed what our designs could be.
“Our chosen material was ceramic clay. Ceramic artist, Thomas Wollen, was invited to the school to help us develop our ideas and gain technical skill. The majority of students had never worked with clay before. Throughout our eight days of workshops, spanning six weeks of school, we learned many new skills such as creating pinch pots, designing texture tiles, press-moulding, slab-building and combining different pieces of clay together using the slip and scratch technique. With the use of these skills we were able to integrate many complex designs into our final pieces. Every student has designed their own individual pinch pot, wall-tile and final piece for our project in the hope of symbolising what the project meant to each of us. We are very grateful for the help from Ms. Carey, Dr. Denis Marnane for his insight into the history of the Barracks and Thomas Wollen who was incredibly kind and helpful through the making of our clay pieces. We hope you enjoy our projects as much as we did making them!”