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Triptych of three oak vessels

Woodturning, Steam Bending, Fuming. Irish Oak, Oil Finish 270mm High 160mm Diameter
Photographer: Roland Paschhoff (image courtesy the RDS)

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Triptych of two ebonised oak vessels

Woodturning, Steam Bending, Ebonising. Irish Oak, Oil Finish 205mm High 110mm Diameter
Photographer: Roland Paschhoff

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Adjusted Vessel

Woodturning, Steam Bending, Ebonising. Irish Oak, Oil Finish 200mm Long 135mm Diameter
Photographer: Roland Paschhoff

furniture/wood/basketry
troscán/adhmad/caoladóireacht

Alan Meredith

Alan Meredith’s lathe turned pieces are distillations of his work in architecture, sculpture and furniture. The scale of the work allows for clarity of approach with regard to process and material. For Alan they are the purest form of work, requiring direct physical engagement with wood.

The intention is to explore the process of turning with regard to volume, containment, proportion, form and material. This is achieved by turning the wood to a form that is ‘of the lathe’ in this case a cylindrical form. This strict machined geometry is then adjusted using a steam bending technique as each vessel is closed and its volume contained. Although this is technically more challenging to turn it is necessary for the steaming process which alters the cell structure as the wood is bent ‘with the grain’.

The asymmetrical nature of the resulting vessels lends them to be best appreciated in groups of two or more. This arrangement evokes a sense of community, while questioning proportion along with revealing volume and void. The vessels made in oak are fumed and ebonised, both chemical processes that darken the wood and allow the form of each piece to read clearly.

Having graduated with a Masters in Architecture from University College Dublin in September 2015, Alan currently works out of his studio in County Laois, imagining and creating one-of-a-kind and speculative pieces for both public and private clients.

Selected Awards

2016
Cill Rialaig Project, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry – Artists Residency
Winner of RDS Craft Award; Emerging Maker (Woodturning)
2014
1st Prize Newpark Comprehensive Percent for Art invited competition
2013
Irish American Cultural Institute, Muriel Gahan Scholarship
2013
Selected to Participate in DREAM Master Class in Wood, Ruzomberok, Slovakia
2010
1st Prize, 2nd Prize and Presidents Prize, Irish Woodturners’ Guild National Seminar
2009
1st Prize U19 and Presidents Prize, Irish Woodturners’ Guild National Seminar

 

Selected Exhibitions

2016
Artist in Craft, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Kerry
Sculpture In Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
National Craft Awards Exhibition, RDS , Dublin; Country Life Museum, Mayo
2016 + 2015
Glastonbury, Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Somerset, UK
2015
The Art of the Woodturner, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Kerry
Nine Lives, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
UCD Architecture End of Year Show, Richview, University College Dublin
2014
New Irish Woodturning, Gallery No.6, Sligo
Young, SO Fine Art Editions, South Anne Street, Dublin
Exploring Synergies, Stockholm Archipelago, Konstfack Telefonplan Tunnelbana, Stockholm
2013
RDS National Craft Competition; RDS, Dublin; Mid-Antrim Museum, Antrim; Strule Arts Centre, Tyrone
Improvisations On the Theme of an Irish Wall, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
The Drawing Room, No. 12 Henrietta Street, Dublin
Sculpture In Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
2012
RDS National Crafts Competition, RDS, Dublin
Group Show, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Laois
2010
RDS National Crafts Competition, RDS, Dublin

 

Contact Details:

Alan Meredith


T. ++353 (0)87 1371085
E. studio@alanmeredith.ie
www.alanmeredith.ie