Mayor showcases Limerick creativity in ceramic

Mayor Daniel Butler with one of the items from the Ceramics Collection of Limerick School of Art and Design.

A SELECTION of items from the ceramics collection of the Limerick School of Art and Design TUS has been placed on display in the Mayor’s Office in Merchant’s Quay.

Over the years, the School of Art and Design has built up an impressive ceramics collection by purchasing works of graduates and the display at the Mayor’s Office will provide a showcase for those items.

The Ceramics programme in LSAD, which is approaching its 50th anniversary, has a long-standing reputation for excellence and is the largest specialist ceramics programme in Ireland.

It has produced generations of leading creative practitioners, artists, designers, potters, educators, curators and innovators in the cultural and design sector.

Having originated from an initial philosophy led by distinctly traditional production areas of practice of the potter’s studio, industrial production and the decorative or fine art maker, in more recent years it has developed to embrace a broader spectrum of practice, reflecting and evolving in line with changing philosophies and approaches in contemporary ceramic practice.

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The programme nurtures students with a broad range of discipline specific and transferable skills. Students are exposed to an extensive range of creative practice through the combined development of traditional core skills and cutting-edge technologies.

Mayor Daniel Butler said he was delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the ceramics against the backdrop of the River Shannon.

LSAD Dean Mike Fitzpatrick said the display showed the importance that the first citizen places on culture and education in the city.

“We look forward to the growth of culture infrastructure in the city to parallel its economic growth and resurgence. It’s a special year for LSAD celebrating our new University status and our 50th year.”

Arts Officer Pippa Little said that the  display celebrates Limerick’s creative energy and talent.

“LSAD is a vital part of our creative eco-system, whose graduating students go on to make their mark locally, nationally and internationally. This initiative delivers on the Limerick Cultural Strategy by growing Limerick’s Cultural capacity and attracting creative practitioners to live and work in Limerick.”