Irish Ceramic Artist Michael Moore Awarded Irish Craft Bursary For 2012
On Friday 25th May, the Crafts Council of Ireland Irish Craft Bursary 2012 was awarded to Irish ceramic artist Michael Moore.
Michael Moore, Karen Hennessy
The presentation was made by Crafts Council of Ireland Chief Executive Karen Hennessy at the opening of the Between Art and Industry exhibition at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny.
Quote from Karen Hennessy: “The Irish Craft Bursary is awarded annually to a maker who demonstrates a commitment to producing craftwork at the highest level of technical and design skill, so it is fitting that Michael Moore is the recipient of this year’s award from the Crafts Council of Ireland. Michael will not only travel to important European locations, to research the latest industry design tools, but he will bring that knowledge back to Ireland to share with his peers and present his findings at the General Assembly of the International Academy of Ceramics in 2014.”
Quote from Michael Moore: “I have had tremendous support from the Crafts Council of Ireland over the years. I’m always keen to develop my work further, and like to keep up to date with what’s current in international craft practice. This bursary enables me to visit and learn from the very places where the latest design technology is being created.”
Michael Moore and the Irish Craft Bursary
Moore will use this opportunity to examine the relationship between ceramic art and ceramic industry. He will investigate the application of CAD (computer-aided design) and other industry design tools in the planning and preparation of his work.
Five European locations with proven records in this area of research will be visited by Moore:
* Sevres Museum and Factory, Paris, France
* Rosenthal Porcelain, Selb, Germany
* International Ceramics Research Centre, Guldagergaard, Denmark.
* Royal Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
* Art Arabia, Helsinki, Finland
Moore intends to use the findings to enhance his own practice and will also provide an overview of these findings to his peers at the General Assembly of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC), to be held in Dublin in 2014. With a membership of almost 440 makers in 80 countries, this biennial IAC event is due to attract ceramists from all over the world to Ireland for a series of lectures and presentations, visits to galleries and museums, and tours of studios and other sites of interest.
Irish Craft Bursary Comes Full Circle
The Irish Craft Bursary 2012 was presented to Michael Moore at the opening of the Between Art and Industry exhibition, which examines the place of craft in a mass produced world.
One of the 3 artists taking part in the exhibition is Róisín de Buitléar, who won the Irish Craft Bursary in 2010. The award enabled de Buitléar to create an historical record of the techniques of Waterford’s master engravers and cutters, in a unique research study on the heritage of glassmaking in Ireland. Images, interviews and inspiration from this work are presented in the Between Art and Industry exhibition.
The Crafts Council of Ireland Irish Craft Bursary is awarded to professional craftspeople to enable new opportunities in their practice. The objective is to give makers the opportunity to develop a body of work that they would otherwise not have the time or resources to develop. Róisín de Buitléar’s work in documenting the history of glass making in Ireland is just one of the valuable projects which the Irish Craft Bursary has enabled.
Michael Moore Background
Michael Moore was born in Dublin in 1968 and has worked in ceramics since graduation from NCAD. Moore has held over 30 solo and group exhibitions.
Michael’s cool abstract sculptures recently featured in the exhibition About Buildings and Vessels which finished yesterday in Heidelberg’s Galerie Marianne Heller, one of the leading galleries for contemporary ceramic art in Europe. The exhibition, which was supported by the Crafts Council of Ireland, represented new work by Moore and by Norwegian potter Svein Narum.
Moore is Head of the Research Centre for Applied Art at the University of Ulster, Belfast School of Art and Design; Reader in Contemporary Applied Art at the University of Ulster; and is Honorary Treasurer and member of the Council of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva.
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Crafts Council of Ireland:
The Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) is the main champion of the craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness.