National Craft Gallery are delighted to offer a range of craft workshops and making activities for children and families to coincide with the Kilkenny Arts Festival. The focus this year is on working with clay inspired by the ceramic exhibition VASE: Function Reviewed.
Sat 6 + Sun 7 August, 12.30pm – 4.30pm
INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION: Clay Collections with Caroline Getty, Amy Mackle and Ashley Sheppard
Reflecting the theme of groupings and multiples in the VASE: Function Reviewed exhibition, ceramic artists Caroline Getty, Amy Mackle and Ashley Sheppard construct an expanding installation of handmade clay pots in the Castle Yard. All are welcome to drop in to coil, pinch or build and decorate a pot, adding to the growing clay collection.
Tues 9 – Thurs 11 August, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
WORKSHOP: Geometric Shapes with Mary Conroy
How do designers create 3D designs? Ceramic designer Mary Conroy, shows you how to use laser-cut pattern nets to construct unusual geometric 3D shapes. Be inspired by geometric forms within Kate Malone's sculptures, to sketch up designs and create your own shapes. To book call Kilkenny Arts Festival on 056 7752175
WORKSHOP: Vivid Vases with Kate Murtagh Sheridan
What patterns will you design? Ceramic artist Kate Murtagh Sheridan leads a playful clay and plaster-casting workshop. Draw inspiration from the bright layered vases by Deok Ho Kim in the exhibition and Kate’s colourful ceramic sculptures, to create your own vivid pattern vases. To book call Kilkenny Arts Festival on 056 7752175
WORKSHOP: Clay Creatures with Brid Lyons
Imagine a fantastic fun clay creature. Inspired by Agalis Manessi's animal shapes in the exhibition and Brid Lyons’ clay sculpted people and animals. Invent and design your own imaginary creature, then get your fingers into wet clay to sculpt and model your clay creature in 3D. Fully Booked.
Mon 8 - Sun 14 August, 2.30pm - 5pm
DROP-IN: Clay Discovery
Drop-in any afternoon during the festival to play with clay at our discovery and experimentation table in the gallery. All ages and abilities welcome to join in the making!