Every year I visit the graduate show at my former stomping ground Limerick College of Art and Design. Although I studied fashion, the exhibition I most look forward to viewing is the ceramicists’. Their work is the perfect marriage of form and function and there is something so inviting about handmade pottery. Every year I am inspired by the innovation on display and it’s easy to see how this discipline is part of the Design school and not considered to be just a craft.
In saying that, I have no issues with buying mass produced ceramics, especially when they hail from the mid-century. I actively use all of my thrifty kitchen finds but they’re just so much more appealing when they display this level of quirkiness. While many branded dinnerware collections are highly sought after and can get hundreds at auction, my only prerequisite is that it has to be if some use. And the fact that no one else in Limerick seems to share my fascination with this corner of the market, I got all of these thrifty finds for less than a fiver each. Bargain.
All photos by Alexia McInerney