In September 2011, a group of Irish ceramic artists will travel to the Chinese town of Fuping, Shaanxi, to make the foundation collection for the newly built Irish Pavilion at the Fule International Ceramic Art Museum. The Irish Pavilion will showcase the best of the new wave of ceramic art emerging from Ireland, marrying the ancient techniques of the East to our own cultural traditions. It is a permanent exhibition space created to house the work of those ceramic artists whose subtlety, skill and vision captures the spirit of contemporary Ireland. Eleanor Flegg, writer, and Andrew Standen Raz, film maker and photographer, will travel with the group to document the residency. The Irish Pavilion opens on the 4th October 2011.
The blog is written by Eleanor Flegg, whose opinions may not necessarily reflect those of the group.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Neil's news

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

Dr Eleanor Flegg
17 Vernon Street
Dublin 8
087 7693670

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