Jack Doherty I75B3218

Smokey Grey and Russet Guardian Vessel

Porcelain, copper, sodium bicarbonate, 33 x 29cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

Jack Doherty I75B3269

Smokey Grey and Russet Guardian Vessel

Porcelain, copper, sodium bicarbonate, 33 x 29cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

5R9A7111

Duo

Porcelain, tallest 48cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

5R9A7090

Duo (detail)

Porcelain, tallest 48cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

5R9A7129

Ovoid

Porcelain, 20 x 40cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

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Cylindrical Bowl 1

Porcelain, 47 x 20cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Cylindrical Bowl 2

Porcelain, 47 x 20cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Round Pod

Porcelain, 47 x 30cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Round Pod (detail)

Porcelain, 47 x 30cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

ceramics/ceirmeacht

Jack Doherty

Selected for Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection 2015-2016.
  • My work is concerned with function but not necessarily utility. I am intrigued and inspired by the potency of archetypal vessel forms. Anonymous and uncomplicated pots from pre-history used for storing, cooking and keeping people safe through winters and giving protection in the everyday world can also function in other ways. I see them as figurative objects. As guardians of emotion and connectors with the spiritual, I want my work to inhabit our domestic spaces in the light, shadow and darkness with qualities that neither painting nor abstract sculpture can.
  • I use one clay, one colouring mineral and a single firing with soda. Over the years the techniques have become simpler but more refined in the belief that stripping away what is unnecessary can produce work with complexity and depth. I enjoy porcelain for its extraordinary white and luminous quality. My palette of colour is achieved through the versatility of copper. The kiln is a vital creative element in my making process. The long firing alternates between oxidisation and reduction atmospheres. The surface texture is produced by blasting the forms with a sodium solution at high temperature.

 

Doherty studied ceramics at the Ulster College of Art and Design before working as a potter at Kilkenny Design Workshops. From 2008-2012 he was the first Lead Potter and Creative Director at the refurbished Leach Pottery in St. Ives. He now works independently from his studio in Mousehole, Cornwall.

Collections

Castle Museum, Nottingham, UK
Ceramics Museum, Faenza, Italy
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, UK
Irish Contemporary Ceramic Collection, Hunt Museum, Limerick
Museum of Liverpool, UK
National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
Princeshof Ceramics Museum, The Netherlands
The Ceramics Museum, Mashiko, Japan
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stroke–on–Trent, UK
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

2016  
Janet Mansfield Memorial Award

 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2016 
Waypoint, Market Place Gallery, Armagh
Living Space, Gallery St. Ives, Tokyo, Japan
Waypoint, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2015
Waypoint, New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, UK
Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath, UK
2014    
Harbouring; Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall, UK; Brook St Gallery, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, UK
2012    
A Place in the World, Garden House, Cornwall, UK
New Craftsman, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK
2010        
Pure Simplicity, National University, Taipei, Taiwan
Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
2009   
Jack Doherty, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

 

Group Exhibitions

2017
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2016
Made, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall, Yorkshire, UK
Transformed In Fire, Gallerytop, Derbyshire, UK
O, Tent London, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK
2015
Side by Side, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
Vessels: The Spirit of Modern British Ceramics, Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Ceramics, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
The Irish Connection, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2014
Into The Field, The Model, Contemporary Arts Centre, Sligo
Weathering, TENT London, UK; Ullens Contemporary Art Centre, Bejing, China
Centred, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Interplay, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
Ceramic Art London, International Fair for Contemporary Ceramics, Royal College of Art, London, UK
PORTFOLIO, RHA Gallery, Dublin
2013  
Moon Jar: Contemporary Translations, Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK
Ceramics Now, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK
COLLECT, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Saatchi Galleries London, UK
Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
ICON, Brown Thomas, Dublin
2012
The Ethics of Objects, Kinsale Arts Festival, Co. Cork
Vessels, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Co. Kerry
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin RHA Gallery, Dublin
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Jack Doherty & Tomoo Hamada, Gallery St. Ives, Tokyo, Japan
2011
Talking in Clay, Courtyard Arts Centre, Hereford, UK
Art Fair Tokyo, Japan
transFORM, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin; Millennium Court Arts Centre, Co. Armagh
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
A Place in the World, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall, UK
Through Fifty, C.C.C, London, UK
2010 
Tea Ceremony Pots, Mitzukoshi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
European Ceramics Context, Denmark

 

Contact Details:

Jack Doherty
Garden House
The Parade
Mousehole, Cornwall
TR19 6PP

T. +44 (0)17 3673 1303
E. jack.doherty@virgin.net
www.dohertyporcelain.com