Local artist Ann McBride is one of 36 ceramics makers to feature in a major national exhibition in Dublin. Ann, who is based in Stonehall, was chosen from over 100 applicants by an independent panel to participate in the Ceramics Ireland ‘Touchstone’ exhibition at the Farmleigh Gallery in Phoenix Park.

The exhibition opened on June 17th and celebrates the highest quality work by Irish practitioners located throughout the country and overseas.  Exhibitors include celebrated artists such as Frances Lambe, Cormac Boydell, Sara Flynn and Grainne Watts.

Ann McBride graduated from the Limerick School of Art & Design with first class honours having already established herself as an artist and graphic designer. Touchstone celebrates the breadth of Irish ceramic art featuring a variety of approaches to working with clay. Ann McBride specialises in developing her own original water colours which glazed onto china and slip cast porcelain.

According to Ann, her  moulded and slip-cast ceramics work is designed to create interesting 3D pieces. “I aim to use illustrations to convey a particular message or story that interests me.  One of my favourite themes is the whole area of human nature and character traits, including exploring the reasoning behind our actions,” said Ann.

The ‘Touchstone’ exhibition coincides with the 40th anniversary of Ceramics Ireland which was founded in 1977. The organisation promotes ceramic art throughout the country and strives to build the sector’s reputation globally.

Running at Farmleigh Gallery until September 30th, the exhibition provides an opportunity for Irish and international visitors to experience a comprehensive body of contemporary ceramics.  The organisers promise a visual feast exploring form, figure, function and installation based works. The ‘Touchstone’ exhibition will tour to the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny from November 18th to January 21st, 2018.