Sunday, April 09, 2017

Educate Together children's sculpture exhibition

A sculpture exhibition which opened last night in Kildare Town Library will be of interest to all those who like to get their hands deep in clay, writes Brian Byrne.

The Imagino Library Sculptures Project shows the work of some 80 children from the Educate Together NS in Kildare, carried out under the direction of Ania Necel-Kruppa of Ania's Ceramics.

The Project was initiated last year and is the result of more than 40 hours of hands-on clay workshops with Ania, which focussed on earth-ware, clay and glazing. The children learned the techniques required to make ceramic pieces and then developed their design to create ceramic sculptures to be mounted in the school and in the Library.

The multi-coloured sculptures are inspired by children’s book characters and each piece is unique, handcrafted and designed by the children using a low fire ceramic with glaze. “The project gets children excited about books and lets them feel the magic that books and art can create,” says Ania, who has considerable experience in running arts and crafts classes across Dublin, Kildare and Laois and works as a Community Education Facilitator with the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board.