Neil Read says: 'At the moment I have three pieces in the Ceramics Ireland juried show at the Pierce Museum in Dublin and early next year will be involved an exhibition at the National Crafts Gallery in Kilkenny. That exhibition is the second showing of 'Culturecraft' which opened this Autumn in the London Street Gallery in Derry as part of its City of Culture celebrations. It was opened by President Higgins (see photo).
My piece for the Derry show deals with the culture that changed for my family in Pettigo, Donegal where my great grandfather was Post Master. The family lived in the village from 1610. British all their life, partition meant they found themselves in the Irish Free State. They had to leave "in a great hurry" under threat in 1922. The stamps document the life of my family and the post office as they changed from British to British with an Irish over print to Free State.'
You can read more about Neil's work at www.neilreadceramics.com.