Dancing houses

The wildly imaginative and creative work of Sonja Guenther is currently on show at the Wishingbone Gallery on the Parade.

The wildly imaginative and creative work of Sonja Guenther is currently on show at the Wishingbone Gallery on the Parade.

Houses, created by ceramics that have a fluid and free movement is the subject of her exhibition which runs until the end of July. The opening was well-attended and took place last Friday in the city’s newest gallery.

The German native studied ceramics at the Crawford Gallery in Cork and subsequently he trained in the Craft Council of Ireland’s pottery skills course, graduating with the Student of the Year award in 2000. Following this she worked as a production potter/thrower in a local pottery studio in Thomastown. She now teaches pottery in Camphill in Callan.

“If you look at the reflection of a building in a window the building starts to move and curve around. I like the way buildings change and grow and move all the time. I like to give life to buildings and someone who saw them said they looked like they are dancing,” she said.

Some of the pieces in the exhibition are of buildings in the city and Sonja also has a wonderful piece of work depicting St Mary’s Church in Thomastown. She has regularly exhibited as part of the fringe during Kilkenny Arts Festival and taken part in several other exhibitions and craft fairs.

Earlier in the evening Daniella Cardillo, whose work is also shown in the gallery spoke about her own work. The jewellery designer works with horsehair and describes her work as ‘creating beauty from death and discard’.

Milliner Rebekah Patterson is also based in the new space and many of her wonderful creations are now on sale.