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Pocahontas Commemorative Plaque

I was asked by Hounslow Council to create a plaque to mark the 400th Anniversary of the Death of Pocahontas.

The Portland Stone panel has been installed in a niche in the wall of the Syon Park Estate in Brentford - close to the location where she lived with her family for a short time. She set sale for home from a jetty situated opposite where my studio is based at the London Museum of Water and Steam but sadly only made it to Gravesend where she died and was buried there in 1617 at the age of 21.

 

Pocahontas 400

 

200 porcelain lapel pins


Hand printed presentation boxes

Porcelain lapel pins made for the guests at the unveiling ceremony.



  

Working Drawing in Progress
Working Drawing in Progress


The team at A.F Jones Stonemasons cutting the Portland Stone PanelStonemasons cutting the Panel


Completed Panel Installed
Completed Panel Installed

 

Hammer the Feather

Claire Ireland is creating a series of ceramic forms in response to the Museum.

A long term project with work being installed in different locations.

Claire, works from her studio situated in the grounds of the museum and has always considered it a special location but wanted to delve further into its creative atmosphere.



“This Museum and its collection is different. I am here so often and wander through the building all the time, absorbing the space but taking some elements for granted. This place, the people and volunteers are so familiar to me. I have made a conscious effort to focus and take note of the details that I have missed before, so it is gradually filtering into my practice."

Cardboard maquettes

Preliminary ideas for the first piece to be installed in the main stairwell of the Museum


   

 

 

Hey Clay

 

Crafts Council's Hey Clay! Weekend gave people the opportunity to get creative with clay at free pottery workshops. Hey Clay! was part of the Get Creative campaign with the BBC which ran from
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 April 2017. 

There has been a surge of interest in the popularity of making and crafts across the UK due to TV shows such as The Great Pottery Throw Down and The Great British Sewing Bee.

Claire hosted free workshops over two days at the London Museum of Water and Steam as part of this event and was inundated with requests for places.
The students had the opportunity to experience the delights of Porcelain clay.

 

Hey Clay

 

 

Hey Clay

Hey Clay

 

Recent Exhibitions and News

The Small Self

New Temporary Exhibition at Hogarth’s House to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of Hogarth’s death.

Fifty contemporary self-portraits, by major British Artists and celebrities including Peter Blake, Kath Kidson, Harry Hill and Steve Bell.

Hogarth’s House 
Hogarth Lane 
Great West Road 
Chiswick 
W4 2QN

Sept 20th – Jan 11th 2015

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Claire in her Ceramic World
    
  
 

Claire exhibited her larger sculptural pieces at this event with her colleague Regina Heinz.

Decorex International 2014
Decorex International is an exhibition of high-end interior design products for the professional interior designer and interior design retailer, working in the residential or hotel markets.

 

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Decorex

Decorex
 
      

Studio Exhibition

 

 

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Exhibition at Studio No 5
London Museum of Water and Steam
Ceramics and Paintings

Friday 16th – Sunday 18th May 2014
11am - 5pm

The Exhibition will feature new work by Claire
and ink and pastel drawings from Jason's trip
to Afghanistan as a war artist  

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Museum Update

Kew Bridge Steam Museum has secured a £1.845 million lottery award from the Heritage Lottery Fund and additional contributions means that there are now completing £2.3 million family friendly redevelopment of the Museum. It now opens every of the week with  an exciting new name, exhibits, shop and cafe. The cafe will include a display area for the artists who have studios on the site and will exhibit under the title of “Made at Kew Bridge”. The Museum’s new education team has asked me to be involved in various projects as part of their creative programme for the Museum.

  

Cultivate London

The next project supported by the Museum’s education team will be with “Cultivate London” an urban farm and social enterprise, who train unemployed young people in horticulture. I have been asked to develop a collaborative ceramic project that will compliment their training and their involvement with the Museum.


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Bevere Gallery
Gallery Outside
Worcester

31st May – 9th July 2014

Large Sculptural Ceramics



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17th National Open Art Exhibition

Claire's work has been selected for the 
17th National Open Art Exhibition at 
The Royal College of Art Kensington

October 25th - November 7th
Minerva Theatre Chichester
November 14th - November 30th

 

 

  

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Works shortlisted for the National Art Exhibition October 2013

Echo

“echo”  raku fired porcelain

Shift

“shift” stoneware with engobe decoration

   

Arts Award

October 2013

I worked with the Kew Bridge Steam Museum and their new educational unit on an Arts Award project week, which is managed by Trinity College in association with Arts Council England. “Mapping the Museum” explored film, drawing, printing, ceramics and jewellry design and making techniques. Students aged 11 – 14 all from local schools, worked alongside Museum staff and resident Museum artists to develop their skills and abilities. The final day of the course featured a presentation by the students of their work and was attended by the parents, Museum staff, the artists and teachers from the schools involved. It was a privilege to be involved with a project of such high quality and value in the visual arts.
   

Arts Award

Arts Award

Arts Award

Arts Award

Arts Award

Arts Award Project Week 2013



  

Arts Award

Arts Award

Arts Award

Arts Award

Arts Award

Artist Residency 2012/13

Claire has completed a project as artist in residence at Pimlico Academy.

It is a newly built, mixed secondary school in central London. They are a specialist Visual and Performing Arts and History Academy.

The brief was to work with the students and staff on a sculpture project for their new roof garden. 

Artist Residency 2012/13

Artist Residency 2012/13

Artist Residency 2012/13

 

Final Designs  
The work has now been installed and the students drawings have been translated into laser cut galvanised steel. A selection of their ceramic forms have been placed amongst the plants.



  

Artist Residency 2012/13

Artist Residency 2012/13

Artist Residency 2012/13

Artist Residency 2012/13

Artist Residency 2012/13

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