Freda Rupp is primarily concerned with form and with the material effects of erosion and time. The marks on her vessels are suggested by cracks and fissures in rock surface and the debris that becomes lodged there. Rupp sees these marks as a visual record of the rock’s history. She is interested in the cracks and patterns that develop around them; and in their ability to suggest images and evoke feelings and memories.
Rupp’s ceramic pieces are unglazed and intentionally non-functional. Her practice is informed by the relationship between the textured appearance and tactile quality of the finished object. Her current works are hand-built from white stoneware clay using various combinations of slabbing, coiling and moulding. Each piece is carved, multi-fired and sanded. Before the last firing, Rupp embeds white porcelain pebbles in the carving to create the distinctive marks that characterise her vessels.
Rupp studied sculpture and ceramics at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and went on to study ceramics at Canterbury Christchurch University, UK. She lives and works in Co. Waterford.
|2006||Index 50, Showcase, RDS, Dublin|
|2005||Group Award, Best Stand and Product Design, Showcase, RDS, Dublin|
Group Exhibitions and Fairs
|2012||ICCA Awards, Mill Cove Gallery, West Cork; Irish Ceramics, The Barony Centre, Westbride, Scotland|
|2011||ICCA Awards, Mill Cove Gallery, West Cork|
|2009||Celtic Connections, Welsh National Portrait Gallery, Bodelwyddan Castle, Wales|
|2007||St. Patrick’s Presence, Leicester Square, London, UK|
|2006||Collectors Event, Hunt Museum, Limerick; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Index 50 Winners Exhibition, RDS, Dublin|
|2005||Collectors Event, Hunt museum, Limerick|
Ardmore Gallery, Co. Waterford
Mill Cove Gallery, West Cork
15 Kenure Park
Powerscourt, Dunmore Rd.
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