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CLAY : Holding / Transforming / Performing

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About the event

CLAY : holding/transforming/performing is a season of CLAY at the National Sculpture Factory, Cork. It will be run across 2 full weekends – July 15th & 16th and 26th & 27th August.

Running between the opening and closing event will be a mould making workshop and a ‘Live’ Bench housed within the National Sculpture Factory for the duration of the festival, where artists can come in and make a ceramic work which will be Raku fired on the closing weekend in August.

CLAY holding/transforming/performing is a season of clay at the National Sculpture Factory. It celebrates clay as a fundamental and complex material. A key tenet of this clay season is to be witness to experts in moments of live practice, to look into the complexity of clay production and material negotiation. This season of clay presents the breadth of material practice from the skills of traditional practices to the urgency of this material vital to expressive and sculptural live practices. The programme of live practice and keynote live conversations will present deep insights into the production and elemental demands of this ancient and current material.

This Festival is curated by artist Clare Twomey (UK), artist Nuala O’Donovan (Ire) and NSF curator Dobz O’Brien.


Where is it taking place?

National Sculpture Factory
Albert Road
T12 KX00

Who is it suitable for?

This event is open to all ages and interests including individuals with specific interest in ceramics and clay


There is full disability access to the National Sculpture Factory and we also have disability access toilets too

When is it taking place?

Saturday August 26th to Sunday 27th, 10am to 6pm
Open weekend July 15th to 16th

Price & do you need to book?

There will be half day and full day tickets. And a full weekend pass ticket too. The ‘Live Bench’ activity Monday to Friday is a pay as you go. All up-to-date details of ticket prices see :

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Additional information 

CLAY : Holding/Transforming/Performing, will host a range of international stars in the ceramic world alongside local and Irish ceramic artists.
Presenting will be Claire Twomey (UK); Linda Sormin (Can/US); Aaron Angell (UK); William Cobbing (UK); Florence Peake (UK); Nuala O’Donovan (Ire); Kate O’Kelly (Ire); Susan O’Byrne (Ire/Sco) and many more.
UK artist, Clare Twomey as the invited international curator alongside, Irish artist, Nuala O’Donovan as the Irish curator we have developed an extensive programme that is both inclusive of the broadest range of clay practices but also leads up to this new evolutionary moment in the ceramic world.
List of some of the participating artists :

International artists
Linda Sormin –
Florence Peake –
William Cobbing –
Aaron Angell –

Irish artists
Susan O’Byrne –
Kate O’Kelly –


All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Maker: National Sculpture Factory

Starts: Sat 26 Aug at 10:00 am

Ends: Sun 27 Aug at 6:00 pm

Craft Type: Ceramics

Event Location: Cork City

Event Type: Festival

Price: Various