Design: The shape of things to come

A new exhibition at NCAD showcases the best and quirkiest new pieces by upcoming Irish makers and designers, writes Catherine Healy

12th March, 2017
Milking stools by Cillian Ó Súilleabháin

When it comes to sourcing materials for his work, Owen Quinlan takes a different approach to other ceramicists. The Galway-based artist relies not on manufactured blocks of clay – the base of most commercial products – but on beach finds and fragments of industrial waste.

Layers of fire-weathered stone, brick, metal and concrete are the canvas upon which he brings his vision to bear.

“The final objects are not necessarily nice,” says Quinlan, a graduate...

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