I'm back from a great trip to Berlin where I soaked up all the good things in life, sun, coffee, wine, pottery shopping and cycling with a long time friend and my eldest daughter. My friend who knows Berlin inside out, brought me to Golem, a ceramic tile producer in Hackesche Hofe who specialise in producing tiles for architectural preservation work. They have the most amazing range of work and I happily browsed their extensive tile collection from art deco designs to work contemporary 'guest' commissions from selected German artists. I learnt that the company employs 63 people and their famous art deco tiles are all coloured by hand by 3 artisans who specialise in this work. No short cuts are taken in their production from the intricately moulded tiles, to painstakingly filling metal patterns with slip inlay to produce their historical floor tiles. The glaze formulas they use are based on original formulas from the 1800 and 1900 's minus the harmful chemicals!
Wandering around the inner court yards of the Hackesche Hofe you can see their work in situ - Golem have reproduced and supplied all the tiles in this beautiful series of indoor courtyards. A must see for tile lovers...
My Golem Tile Purchase, an Art Deco tile reproduction from 1900.
Akiko Hirai, The Waxing Moon Jar I ,Stoneware.
I visited the VASE exhibition , organised by DCCOI and curated by Brian Kennedy at Farmleigh in February and was blown away by the selection and beauty of the work on display. Here are a selection of images that I really liked, from Irish ceramicist Sara Flynn to a selection of Eastern potters. The floral arrangements by Dutch florist Lamber De Bie were as beautiful as the pots and both worked so well together. We were so lucky to get such a huge exhibition here with over 100 pieces in total from potters and artists from right around the world including Ireland, South Africa, Japan, Korea, and the UK.
Hitomi Hosono, A Petite Mangrove Bowl, Moulded, carved & hand-built porcelain with a yellow gold leaf interior.
Sara Flynn, Esker Vessels, Manganese Rich Glaze. Thrown and Altered, Slab-constructed and Assembled Porcelain, fired in a Reduced Atmosphere to 1260 Celsius.
Deok Ho Kim, Vestige I, White porcelain, wheel thrown, faceting, polishing, marbling.
Agalis Manessi, Selection, Red Terracotta, with tin glaze and painted oxides and stains.
Autumn has to be one of the most beautiful times of year in Ireland. I took a few moments before the market started this Sunday to take some photos at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park where I've started doing a farmer's market. I hope you enjoy them...
This is the Sunken Garden designed just after 1907 by Edward Cecil Guinness. Farmleigh was the private residence of the Guinness family (makers of the black stuff) before the State started managing the property. It is designed as three rectangular terraces with a central fountain. The symmetry is beautiful and very restful.
I wandered into the vegetable garden for a look,the smell of the box hedging and damp earth was beautiful. It was lovely to see the raspberries peeking out and I really liked the beautiful colours and shapes of the purple cabbages.
I felt like I was stealing the last colours of summer in the Walled Garden, there were still bursts of red, yellows and purples everywhere. I think most Irish people spend the summer wishing it was warmer, drier, sunnier but there's something about Autumn here that never lets us down. It is mild and normally quite dry and our plants and flowers still bloom. I hope you're enjoying Autumn wherever you are, now it's back to the studio for more potting!
Hello there and welcome to my blog! What a whirlwind year so far... I've hardly had time to draw my breath between throwing pots, attending farmers' makers, wiping noses and grocery shops! Some very nice things have happened in Brookwood Pottery this year not least this fantastic event in Brown Thomas, Create 2015. I was one of 5 selected makers to be stocked in all 3 pop up shops in Dublin, Cork and Limerick celebrating Irish Design 2015. Before I was selected I Iooked up Create online and saw some cool video coverage of past designers. Of course I started daydreaming....imagine if I was picked and featured in one of those videos...Imagine....Imagine that!
Well it happened and lots of pots later I can look back at the last few weeks and smile...Great experience, met some lovely people including the Buying team from Brown Thomas, fellow potter extraordinaire Chloe Dowds, Greg from the Irish Linen House, Shane Holland from my Design Yard days to name a few...