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O'Dubhghaill, Coilin (2011)
Languages: English
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This research explores the development of new alloy and patination techniques in the production of a series of vessels. The research developed from an AHRC funded practice based study into Japanese metalwork techniques and materials, and applied knowledge developed during extensive laboratory based testing in the development of work in the studio. The study is characterised by the reinterpretation of historical craft processes and a dialogue between complex surfaces and simplicity of form. The research expands the standard palette of metal alloys and colours, and uses novel finishing and joining techniques to produce new surface finishes in traditional materials.\ud \ud Work in this series has been exhibited to a national and international audience at solo exhibitions at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 2008, and Galerie Marzee, Netherlands 2011 (catalogue IBAN:NL09ABNA0436467321); and group exhibitions including National Metalwork Design Award, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, 2008; Object, Rotterdam 2009; Collect at Saatchi Gallery, London 2010/11/12; PAN, Amsterdam 2011; Silverstruck, Ruthin Craft Centre and National Museum of Wales (catalogue ISBN:978-1-905865-33-8) 2011; Beneath the Skin, SIA Gallery, Sheffield (catalogue ISBN:978-1-84387-334-1) 2011; KunstRAI, Amsterdam 2012; CAA, London 2010/12; National Craft Gallery Ireland 2009/10/12; Dubh, AIHS, New York, and Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, 2012 (catalogue ISBN 978-0-906630-45-7).\ud \ud Work from the series were purchased for the Crafts Council of Ireland / Department of Foreign Affairs collection in 2009/12 and for the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’ Modern Collection, London in 2011. Goldmiths’ curator Ransome-Wallis commented “The Goldsmiths’ Company acquires contemporary items for its Collection that demonstrate innovation in design and technical skill by leading artist craftsmen. Coilin O’Dubhghaill’s two bowls, that were acquired for the Collection in 2011, are examples of how a talented artist craftsman has understood the ancient, almost extinct, Japanese technique of Shakudo and expressed it in vessels that are entirely 21st Century in feeling and utterly individual.”
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