Bring your picnic and join us in a craft THROWDOWN on Friday 16th September for Culture Night! Adults can enjoy a glass of wine, talks and demos while children roll up their sleeves and get crafting in our free workshops.
Join our investigation of clay, from rolling and shaping, marking and making, to throwing and firing. We have hands-on workshops and family creative spaces to suit all ages and abilities. In the surrounds of the Castle Yard, enjoy getting to know this ancient material and the processes involved in the transformation from soil to ceramic.
7.30pm + 9pm, MUSIC: The Electric Ceramophone
Experimental musician Rory Grubb performs two sets with The Electric Ceramophone; his very own custom-made, ceramic percussion instrument. Rory is based in Germany and has recently launched his third album, Water House.
6pm – 9.30pm, WORKSHOP: Throw on the Wheel (Ages 12+)
Have you ever wanted to try throwing a pot on the wheel? Get your hands dirty in this fun clay experimentation for beginners. Graduates of our Thomastown Ceramics Skills Course teach you the basics, helping you to throw your first pot!
6pm, TALK: Flowers and Form
Curator Brian Kennedy, in conversation with master florist Lamber de Bie, discusses the influence of vase forms in designing sculptural arrangements. Lamber will create two floral installations in the gallery in dialogue with the exhibition.
5.30pm – 9pm, DEMO: Fire it Up (Ages 5+)
Live demonstrations of smoke firing in the Castle Yard with Ceramic maker Jane Seymour using materials such as seaweed, wood shavings, pebbles and sawdust. Watch patterns emerge during the firing process and see clay turn to ceramic. Come along to observe the firing process throughout the evening.
5pm – 8.30pm, WORKSHOP: Pinched Vessels (Ages 5+)
Create your own unique vessel with ceramic artist Maeve Sookram. Let the shapes, textures and patterns of the vases in our exhibition inspire new creations. Learn the ancient craft of clay building and decorate using coloured slip to bring your designs to life.
5pm – 9.30pm, CREATIVE SPACE: Touch & Tactility (Ages 3+)
Create a shape from clay, then explore texture and pattern marking on the clay using natural materials as tools. Have fun using timber, leaves, shells and other natural organic forms to explore touch and tactility through clay.
5pm – 9.30pm, CREATIVE SPACE: Claystation (Ages 3+)
You will never look at a mug the same again! Clay comes from the ground, usually in areas where streams or rivers once flowed. Clay is made of all the ingredients of soil – minerals, plant life, and animals. Learn more about where clay comes from at our exploratory Claystation. This will particularly interest budding scientists.
SHOWCASE: Primary Schools Ceramic Vessels
A special showcase of functional clay vessels designed and made by local primary schools will be unveiled on Culture Night to celebrate our next generation of designers and makers in Kilkenny. Students, family and friends are invited to visit the pupils’ exhibition.