History of Irish Studio Ceramics - Hidden Treasures of Museum Collections.

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Secreted throughout the collections of the National Museums of Ireland are 20th and 21st Century craft objects, in ceramics glass and metals to encounter. Some are functional, to eat off, drink from, cut, dig, carve, adorn or hammer, some are celebratory, commemorative, humorous, or poignant. This paper proposes to explore these objects and ask what is their significance today? Are they merely historical reminders or do they still contribute to our culture, our knowledge and our identities. The paper will reflect the events these objects have lived through, how they have passed through many hands over many generations and how these generations have actually transformed these objects over time. Finally the paper will explore what these objects represent in a contemporary context, as metaphors of societal value in visual and material culture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Place of PublicationAveiro, Portugal
PublisherGreen Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 24 Jul 2013
EventSharing Cultures, 3rd Conference on Intangible Heritage - Aveiro, Portugal.
Duration: 24 Jul 2013 → …


ConferenceSharing Cultures, 3rd Conference on Intangible Heritage
Period24/07/13 → …


  • Museum Collections
  • John ffrench


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