Bushmills artist, Caroline Getty, has been selected as part of the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition in Dublin – a prestigious competition rewarding and showcasing excellence in Irish Crafts.
A past pupil of Dunluce, Caroline, who was head girl in 2009, popped into the Bushmills school recently to give thanks to where her ‘love for art really took off’.
She explained: “My art has changed over the years and there have been different influences that have affected the way I work; but my love of art took root when I was doing my GCSEs with Miss Harrison (Mrs Johnston).”
Since leaving Caroline has earned a National Diploma in Design and Craft, as well as Foundation Studies in Art and Design from the North West Regional College and recently gratuated from Ulster University in Belfast with a degree in Contemporary Applied Art.
She continued: “I took a gap year through ERASMUS; going firstly to Kilkenny to work as a Gallery Intern at the National Craft Gallery for three months, and then on to Denmark to work at Guldagergaard, the International Ceramics Research Centre in Skælskør.”
There Caroline got the chance to work with the renowned Danish sculptor, Nina Hole, on one of her famous Fire Sculptures, monumental ceramic structures built and fired on location.
“It is difficult to describe the experience. We worked on it for about three weeks. It was unique,” she said.
Now that she’s returned to Northern Ireland Caroline has been working hard on completing her degree. Her final year work has culminated in preparing for the UU ‘New Makers’ Degree Show; including the piece which has been shortlisted for the RDS Exhibition, Incurve|outcurve.
“My whole practice this year has been inspired by exploring weak and strong fragments within my day to day living and journey. Curious of the bond created between two opposite forces - how they can interlock and work together.
“Incurve|outcurve is two opposites that work together. concave and convex forms represented in ceramic to portray a strong element, combined with light, fragile paper material to contrast the strong form. The coloured bungee cord is to emphasise the tension created between two opposites, holding them together.
“Much like people, this piece represents powerful and fragile qualities, showing how we can work together to support one another individually.”
Mrs Johnston was delighted to hear about her past pupil’s success adding: “I remember Caroline as a very artistic, diligent pupil, an outstanding student. Her strength was in her drawing – she was very talented, and obviously still is. I am extremely proud of her and so pleased that she is gaining recognition and success. It is well deserved.”
Incurve|outcurve will be displayed in Dublin in July and Co Mayo from August to November.
Caroline’s work will also be displayed at an Exhibition, along with other UU students, at Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart. Call (028) 7083 1400 for more information.
To see some of Caroline’s woork: www.carolinegettyartistmaker.com