Note: Apologies for the poor quality of some of the images, I am not sure what I did wrong!
I love craft in its very many incarnations: so, it was as sure as the tide going in and out that I would go to see an exhibition at the RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy), put together by the Craft Council of Ireland, to showcase the work of Ireland’s top makers.
The Craft Council of Ireland (CCoI) is the main promoter of craft in Ireland. The council is a decidedly active body and does Trojan work championing Irish craft across its spectrum, from museum quality spectacular one-off pieces to more production based craft where a maker will make a similar version of an item multiple times.
The Portfolio Programme run under the auspices of the CCoI curates the best, of the best, of craft on this island. The selection of a maker for inclusion in the Portfolio Programme, which is updated bi-annually, implies that said maker has a track record of excellence, is on a par with the cream of their international peers, and that their work is high-end and gallery led.
There are about one hundred makers who made the cut for the 2013/ 2014 portfolio and further details about these makers can be found on the website, set up by the CCoI, dedicated to the Portfolio Collection – click here to view the website.
The CCoI selected works by twenty-seven makers who achieved Portfolio Collection status for this year’s Portfolio Exhibition at the RHA. Among the craft disciplines represented in the show are: ceramics, jeweller, basket-weaving, glass, furniture …
There are many stunningly beautiful pieces in the exhibition and all are for sale. Some have already been snapped up but in most cases the makers can produce a similar item if one of the already sold pieces is what you have set your heart on.
I didn’t buy anything mainly because I am on a spending moratorium on all things to do with interiors until I decide the best way to revamp and decorate my new house. That said, I was extremely tempted by Kathleen McCormack’s everyday but magical collection of baskets and by Fergal O’Leary’s chic and practical stacking chairs.
Sadly the exhibition is only on for a short time, it opened last Thursday and will close this coming Monday, the 2nd December. If you have an interest in craft it’s so worth visiting: you can see it tomorrow Sunday from 2pm to 5pm or on Monday from 11 to 5pm.
The RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy) is at 15 Ely Place Dublin 2.