December 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Farmleigh Gallery
Curators’ talks on Lustre + InFLUX @ Farmleigh Gallery

Please join us for two curators’ talks on Lustre + InFLUX, an exhibition of the innovative work of Ireland’s newest goldsmithing and ceramic graduates of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Centres of Excellence in Jewellery and Goldsmithing and in Ceramics in Kilkenny. Learn the ins and outs of what is involved in making these intricate pieces and get the opportunity to have your questions answered by the exhibition curators and course managers during this informal talk.

11am Ceramics In Flux Exhibition
12pm Jewellery Lustre exhibition

InFLUX:  Curator’s Talk by Gus Mabelson, 11am – 12pm, Saturday 8th December

‘Flux’ in ceramics describes a material that will cause silica, which has a natural melting point of 1700°C, to melt at a lower temperature thus forming ceramic glazes. Rocks and minerals, such as talc, whiting and dolomite, which provide these fluxes, are essential building blocks when formulating and constructing glazes. In general terms, the word ‘flux’ also means continuous change and movement and can be applied to the development of ideas and designs and best describes the diversity of this work.

Gus Mabelson is the Course Manager of the DCCoI Ceramics Skills & Design CourseHe has 40 years’ experience in the field of ceramics and is highly regarded in the ceramics community in Ireland and abroad. He is an expert in kiln design and construction and glaze technology. As an educator, Gus is hugely invested in the future of the ceramics sector and plays a key role in ensuring that there is a high level of skill and craftsmanship amongst the next generation of makers. 

Lustre: Curator’s Talk by Eimear Conyard, 12pm – 1pm, Saturday 8th December

A highlight of Lustre is an exquisite collection of ten Fabergé-style eggs, displaying the magical qualities that are possible when design is combined with precious metals, gemstones and vibrant enamels. The eggs were designed and made towards the end of the course to allow the students to choose from a wide range of skills and techniques. An enamelling master class, which was facilitated by world-renowned enameller Jane Short from Brighton, allowed the students to introduce vibrant colours. The designs are playful yet accurately engineered with bayonet and hinge fittings. All eggs have a secret element housed within which creates a sense of intrigue, and each conveys the personality of the maker and shows a wide breadth of influences and styles in their approach to design.

Eimear Conyard is the Course Manager of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skill & Design Course in Kilkenny since 2008. An educator for almost 20 years, she combines teaching with her own practice and exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. She challenges the students’ design ability by encouraging experimentation and inevitably pushing their production skills. She uses her own experience to fuel students’ creativity and encourages them to achieve excellence in craftsmanship and design. 

A National Design & Craft Gallery touring exhibition, Lustre & InFLUX runs at the Farmleigh Gallery until 8th January 2019.