Life in the craft lane

AS part of the education and outreach programme for the Irish Craft Portfolio exhibition currently in the National Craft Gallery, the Crafts Council of Ireland is holding a series of talks titled ‘Life in the Craft Lane’.

AS part of the education and outreach programme for the Irish Craft Portfolio exhibition currently in the National Craft Gallery, the Crafts Council of Ireland is holding a series of talks titled ‘Life in the Craft Lane’.

Tomorrow (Thursday) at 1pm in the gallery, ceramicist Alison Kay and silversmith Seamus Gill will talk about their work. Alison will discuss her sources of inspiration, hand-building methods, surface finishing Terra Sigillata and smoke firing; and Seamus will discuss the development of his bronze work related to the work he has in the exhibition.

The gallery’s next Late Date, on April 29 at 6pm, will see Rhythm ‘n’ Roots musician Hans Chew give an informal tour of the exhibition.

‘Crafternoon Tea’ will then take place on May 3 from 2-4pm to mark Bealtaine, the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. The afternoon will include a guided tour of the exhibition, a craft workshop with textile artist Shiela Jordan and sampling of crafted teas.

And on May 5 at 1pm, ‘Life in the Craft Lane’ will present two makers from the exhibition, woodturner Roger Bennett and jeweller Sabrina Meyns, in conversation.