Jennifer Hickey is drawn to the beauty and subtlety of the natural world. Themes of fragility, ephemerality and translucency are central to her work. Working with porcelain and bone china, her ceramic sculptural forms explore the discipline and delicacy demanded by those materials. The natural properties of clay are intrinsic to her completed pieces.
Jennifer’s making process involves sewing wafer-thin parts of porcelain together or meticulously stitching them on to tulle. As the pieces progress spatially, they gain in strength and energy from the repetition in their making.
I use mainly porcelain and bone china. The rituals of making, the physical rhythms, the process and time involved are all very important aspects of my practice. It can take months to finish a piece. The work is made up of hundreds of wafer thin pieces that I roll out by hand, pierce and mark with a tool and fire to 1260°. When the firing is finished, I hand sew each piece with translucent thread onto a fine tulle to create a larger sculptural form. I don’t use glaze at the moment because I love the purity and translucency of porcelain.
Hickey graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2002 with a BDes in Ceramics. She is based in Dublin.
Office of Public Works, Ireland
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally
Solo Exhibition, Rudolf Heltzel, Kilkenny
Group Exhibitions and Fairs
Surface Matters, Dublin Castle; Artesania Catalunya CCAM, Barcelona, Spain and National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Fired Earth, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Best of Europe, Homo Faber, Venice, Italy
The Miniaturists, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
EALAÍN, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
Touchstone, Farmleigh Gallery Dublin and National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales
East and West, Seoul, South Korea
Finders and Keepers, Municipal Gallery, Dublin
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Ceramics, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
Centred, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Generation, NCAD Gallery, Dublin
PORTFOLIO, RHA, Dublin
Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Icon, Brown Thomas, Dublin
Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
Made on Monday 3, Block T, Dublin
PORTFOLIO, RHA, Dublin
TransFORM, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin; Millennium Court Arts Centre, Armagh; The Source Arts Centre, Tipperary
Winter Group Show, The Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin
Made on Monday, The Complex, Smithfield, Dublin
Summer Group Show, The Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin
Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Sonja Landweer and Jennifer Hickey, The Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin
Made on Monday, Broadstone Exhibition Space, Dublin