BRAVURA 2018 opened on Saturday 13th October at 12.30pm. This group show, curated by Mary Gallagher, presents work in clay, glass and metal by Irish and international makers, alongside tapestries by four Irish artists. The guest speaker was Susan Holland, exhibition and programme curator with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.
The three featured ceramic artists are exhibiting in the gallery for the first time. Julie Ayton makes functional porcelain work in classic shapes but with a contemporary twist. Katharina Klug also uses porcelain to create strikingly colourful functional pieces. Paul Maloney from Wexford is well known for his table ware. BRAVURA 2018 will mark a return by him to one-off hand decorated earthenware platters and vessels.
Scott Benefield the glass artist, exhibited in the gallery in BRAVURA 2016. He returns this year with a new range of dazzling glass pieces. Rebecca Gouldson’s two dimensional work was shown in the gallery’s inaugural exhibition in 2011. This year we will be showing a small range of her etched and patinated vessels in metal.
Textiles feature regularly in the Blue Egg Gallery’s programme. BRAVURA 2018 includes small woven pieces made especially for this exhibition by Muriel Beckett, Mary Cuthbert, Terry Dunne and Angela Forte. Also on display is some new jewellery by Inga Reed.
The exhibition will run from Saturday 13th October until Sunday 4th November. From Tuesday 16th October it will be open every day, including Sundays, from 11.00am to 5.30pm.