The Ceramic Masters exhibition, featuring Pat Connor and Jim Turner, will take place at Mill Cove Gallery in Castletownbere from August 3 to September 28.
Pat Connor and Jim Turner have over 80 years collective experience of working in clay. These Ceramic Masters possess the highest technical skill and the firmest intellectual understanding of the making of ceramics. This formidable combination gives us an exhibition that is simply the very best in contemporary ceramic sculpture in Ireland. Pat and Jim’s ceramic work is collected by discriminating ceramic collectors and other ceramic artists, but is accessible to everyone.
Pat has combined the techniques of throwing, pressing and modelling to create figurative sculptures of heads, busts and figures. Each sculpture has intricate surface detail and decoration that comment both on the human condition and human nature, with a soupçon of humour to increase our pleasure of the work. The sustainability of this work is its greatest value. You just keep returning to enjoy Pat’s imagination in interpreting and re-inventing the human form.
Jim’s bottle form sculptures are constructed from altered extrusions and clay sheets. These surfaces are treated like a canvas. Layers are built up with the slips and glazes that are applied using brushes, sponges and slips. This is the same as painting. The firing process will then change the work introducing the element of chance. Some pieces are fired again at a lower temperature with lustres. This technique seems to encapsulate some basic mood in the landscape. These clay sculptures by Jim are simply works of art; modest in their form yet significant works of art.
Jim and Pat have been exhibiting since the 1970s in Ireland, the UK, the US, France, Germany, Belgium and others. Their work is included in several collections including Crafts Council of Ireland permanent collection; Office of Public Works; Ulster Museum; Dept. of Foreign Affairs.