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Craft Month stone mad for Sarah's ceramics

August 18th, 2019 1:22 PM

By Jackie Keogh

Sarah Roseingrave's art is attracting attention from gallery owners and private collectors.

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FLUSH from her success at an exclusive showcase exhibition ‘Celebrating Ceramics’ in Oxford, the work of a Macroom-based artist has since been selected to feature in Cork Craft Month.

For the entire month of August, artists will be taking part in a variety of exhibitions throughout the city and county, including the work of Sarah Roseingrave, which goes on display at the Lavit Gallery at Wandesford’s Quay.

In addition, Cork Craft and Design has selected the work of numerous artists and craftworkers, including Sarah’s, to be displayed and sold in a special pop-up shop at Douglas Village.

The very best of work from the members of the Society of Cork Potters and the Cork Chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild were chosen.

Sarah, who has lived in Macroom for the last 18 months, studied Contemporary Applied Art at the Crawford College of Art and Design.

Although she previously worked full-time as a physiotherapist for 10 years, Sarah said she knew she had to diversify to include her passion for ceramics, printmaking and glasswork.

Her talent was quickly recognised and earned her multiple awards while still at college. And, today, her ceramics are rapidly making their way into private collections.

Speaking to The Southern Star, Sarah said: ‘I was deeply gratified by the response to my work at the Oxford show. The standard was very high, with applicants from some of the best ceramic artists in Ireland, the UK and overseas.’

Out of literally hundreds of applicants, Sarah was the only Irish artist selected to take part and she admitted: ‘I sold well and made very good gallery contacts in Britain.’

Sarah explained that there has been a resurgence of interest in Irish ceramic art, with the Cork-based artist, Nuala O’Donovan, setting an exceptionally high standard.

Sarah’s ceramic work combines the traditional Raku method with digital photography.  For the past four years, Sarah has been wandering West Cork and capturing some of the most poignant images of an Ireland that is rapidly disappearing.

‘Old homestead and old shed, buildings on the verge of ruin, have always had a fascination for me,’ said Sarah, who through her work has captured these images and given a painterly feel to her ceramic pots.

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