17 November 2017 – 21 January 2018


Touchstone17 November 2017 – 21 January 2018

Adam Frew | Aisling McElwain | Alex Scott | Alison Kay | Andrew Ludick | Ann McBride | Caroline Getty | Cathy Burke | Claire McLaughlin | Cormac Boydell | Deirdre McLoughlin | Elaine Riordan | Eleanor Swan | Frances Lambe | Grainne Watts | Gus Mabelson | Ingrid Murphy + Jon Piggott | Isobel Egan | Jack Doherty | Jennifer Hickey | Katharine West | Lucy Morrow | Mandy Parslow | Marcus O'Mahony | Mark Campden | Markus Jungmann | Michael Flynn | Mike Byrne | Nuala Creed | Nuala O'Donovan | Owen Quinlan | Peter Fulop | Sara Flynn | Susan O'Byrne | Tara Frey | Vicki Sutherland

TOUCHSTONE is the third exhibition in Ceramics Ireland's triennial series, coinciding with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the organisation, founded in 1977. The exhibition celebrates the breadth of Irish ceramic practice featuring a variety of approaches to working with clay, exploring form, figure, function and enviroment. TOUCHSTONE features work by 36 ceramic artists, selected by an invited panel including Ann Mulrooney, CEO at Visual Carlow; Dr. Audrey Whitty, Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland and Andrew Livingstone PhD. The selection repersents a comprehensive body of contemporary Irish ceramics, demonstrating a diversity of techniques and the broad spectrum of clay practices being explored across sculptural, decorative, functional and installation based works. TOUCHSTONE also presents a significant selection of archival materials celebrating Ceramic Ireland's history.

Ceramics Ireland is an impactful membership organisation and this series of exhibitions in tandem with our other activities helps us to prioritise activation, education and promotion of our sector to guarantee the future landscape of ceramics in Ireland, while raising the international profile of Irish ceramics. This series of exhibitions is lead and curated by Elaine Riordan and Tina Byrne.


Christmas opening info:

National Design & Craft Gallery is delighted to be open through the Christmas holidays to ensure you can get your craft and culture fix! We will close briefly from Christmas Eve at 2.30pm, reopening as normal on Wednesday 27th December. We look forward to welcoming you over the holidays!

Wishing you and yours a happy and peaceful holiday.

Education & Outreach

Curators Introduction & Meet the Makers Fri 17 Nov, 6pm

With Tina Byrne, Elaine Riordan & some of the exhibiting makers

School Gallery Visits Tues 21 Nov – Fri 15 Dec

Our gallery educators guide your class in an exploration of craft and design, through the TOUCHSTONE exhibition BOOK NOW

Family Day: Exploring Clay with Tom Campbell Sat 25 Nov, 11am + 12.30pm

Inspired by playful figurative characters in the TOUCHSTONE exhibition, Tom will guide children in a creative exploration of clay, with a 15min performance of 'The Clayhead'. BOOK NOW

Family Day: Festive Ceramic Decorations with Maeve Sookram Sat 9 Dec, 11am + 12.30pm

Create your own ceramic decorations to give as gifts or decorate your home! Maeve Sookram of Sevensisters Ceramics leads a fun clay workshop for families. BOOK NOW

Late Date: Festive Making - Wild Wreaths & Porcelain Crafts Thurs 14 Dec, 6.30pm + 8pm

A Christmas crafts evening for adults, choose one or two workshops to get creative along with mulled beverages, mince pies and festive music. Workshops are creating Wild Wreaths with Julie Calder Potts of Highbank Orchards, and festive Porcelain Crafts with Cliona Geraghty of Grennan Mill Craft School. €15/workshop, or €25 for both. BOOK NOW

Masterclass with Jack Doherty Thurs 11 Jan, 11am – 4pm,

Join Jack Doherty for this special Masterclass, at Island Mill, Thomastown, as he talks materials, processes and inspiration, followed by a demonstration on his soda-fired porcelain. €15 BOOK NOW

Meet the Makers with Jack Doherty, Gus Mabelson and Isobel Egan Thurs 11 Jan, 6.30pm

Join us for a Meet the Makers with three ceramic artists exhibiting in TOUCHSTONE, Jack Doherty, Gus Mabelson and Isobel Egan. BOOK NOW

Family Day: Potter's Wheel with Aisling Mc Elwain Sat 13 Jan, 11am + 12.30pm

Join local ceramic designer Aisling Mc Elwain for this special Family Day giving children a chance to throw their own bowl on the Potter's Wheel. BOOK NOW

Individual Portfolio Critique Sessions Sat 20 Jan, 11am – 1.30pm

Book in for one to one portfolio and CV review sessions with DCCoI Cermaics Skills Course Tutor Gus Mabelson and Designer Dan Eames. Suitable for those applying for Third Level, Ceramics Courses or emerging practitioners. BOOK NOW