Selected makers in partnership with Cork Craft and Design announced


Bernadette Tuite - ceramics and glass, will exhibit in 'Unlocked' for August Craft Month to represent Cork Craft and Design and NI's own Claire Mooney - silversmith, has been selected to exhibit her work in Cork Craft and Design in partnership with August Craft Month and Cork Craft Month.

Bernadette Tuite | ceramics and glass Is a multi award-winning ceramic and glass artist. Graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork. Winner Going Solo Meath County Arts Office 2019. Recipient of D.C.C.o.I. Future Makers 2019 Awar

My latest body of work responds to the theme of Unlocked on two levels. Firstly it has been created since the Covid-19 lockdown came to an end and I have been unlocked from lockdown, released back to my studio. Secondly I wish to ask a question of the Gallery going public; As the world produces more protective equipment, what is to become of this pandemic of plastic pollution? My work historically revolves around themes of connection to the landscape. The vast amount of plastic waste that society has generated since Covid-19 began now means that plastic pollution is more ubiquitous and intrinsic to our land and sea scape than ever before. The natural mineral colours and found materials in my work reflect my explorations by sea of the South Western Atlantic coast and the dialog of water on rock I observe there. The bright primary colours incorporated and folded into the clay is a commentary on the detrimental merging of plastic pollution into our landscape. What will humanity do when Mother Nature unlocks all she reluctantly carries in her Oceans?




'Unlocked' Exhibition

 Taking centre stage in August Craft Month 2020, this exhibition will showcase the work of makers based on or originally from the Island of Ireland. Responses to the theme ‘Unlocked’ can relate to work created during the Covid pandemic lockdown; or makers may choose to interpret the theme more widely. The selected works will be exhibited at the Craft NI Gallery during August and September 2020. To ensure the exhibition reaches the widest possible audience, Craft NI is commissioning a professional film maker to document each piece. This will enable us to present a high quality online version of the exhibition.

To apply for ‘Unlocked’ click here


Claire Mooney | Silversmith

Producing heirloom objects, which reflect our natural landscapes and traditions and can exceed a lifetime is a major part of my artistic practice. I work in a considered way, focusing on nature and simple living. 

I aim to produce a textured and organic silver vessel, which can form part of a series of objects and compliments my recently designed jewellery series entitled: Rocky Hill Collection. Dry Stone Walls are a common feature in the Mournes, Co. Down. The original walls are built from granite which can be found across the area. When walls become damaged, they are repaired in a cyclical, considered and sustainable way. The dry stone wall (ditch) has inspired my most recent jewellery collection and I am now working to produce objects which can be cared for and used for generations just like these boundary walls.




This year the Cork Craft and Design exhibition is dedicated to sustainability and environmentally conscious thinking. The exhibition is aiming to create a visual dialogue between craftsmen, makers and designers describing their approach to the biggest questions of our times. How can we sustain ourselves without exploiting the planet from its resources?

Dates: July 31 – August 31 2020
Main St, Ballydehob, Cork, Ireland


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