Above: Department of Agriculture and the Marine assistant secretary Cecil Beamish officially opened the exhibition.
Gallery owner and ceramicist Etain Hickey has brought the outdoors in to transform her gallery in Clonakilty with her latest group exhibition ‘Shoals and Waves on the Wild Atlantic Way’ running until August 8. Department of Agriculture and the Marine assistant secretary Cecil Beamish officially opened the exhibition on Saturday, July 19.
Etain invited a diverse group of talented Irish makers to make new work for this show. Each artist was given the challenge of creating a piece for, or inspired by, shoals and waves, which has resulted in a wonderful eclectic collection of automata, ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery, textiles and willow weaving. The window and gallery have been transformed into a ‘coast scape’, with pebbles, sand, grasses and driftwood to show the work.
The featured maker in this exhibition is Sinead Glynn who won the Etain Hickey 2013 Award for surface decoration at the Irish Contemporary Awards. Sinead is showing a collection of pebbles and stone shaped ‘naked raku’ pots with her beautiful smoked flame markings. Along with Sinead’s ceramics, the exhibition has metalwork from established maker Paddy McCormack; a shoal of fused glass fish and a stained glass light box on the theme of sheltered harbours from Roisin Ni Chionnfhaolaidh; large wall hung Sting Ray’s and Manta’s in his trade mark Raku ceramics from Thomas Wollen while Anne Harrington-Rees has gathered and dried seaweed and delicately woven miniature vessels. Muriel Hoey is back again this year with her hugely popular and quirky automata wall art, and first time exhibitor with the gallery is Marleen Drijkoningen who has woven some very striking fish and wave themed pieces from willow. Angela Cuthill of Artysmarty has also made something special in necklaces and earrings inspired by salmon scales, and finally Jim Turner is showing his ceramics resembling wonderful encrusted barnacles. This is an eclectic exhibition of work that you won’t see elsewhere!