Orla Kaminska - Ceramic Artist

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Orla Kaminska began her foundation studies at the Grennan Mill, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, and went on to study ceramics in the National College of Art and Design, graduating in 1987.

In 1988, based in Co Cork she went into partnership and set up Tileworks Studio specializing in architectural ceramics,(sponsored by IDA, FAS and the Crafts Council). In 1989 Tileworks moved to Dublin and operated until 1996.

Commissioned through Tileworks, she has worked on projects for The Office of Public Works as well as private and corporate projects. A recent architectural commission was the "Serpentine Seat" , a 40m mosaic feature, for the new Dunlaoghaire ferry terminal.

Other commissions, "Fabrications" now exhibited in the Castle Hall in Dublin Castle for European Presidency.

click for details"Fabrications " is a series of ceramic and forged steel wall hangings are based on a specific response to the history of Castle Hall and Dublin Castle as a whole.
The imagery of these panels is a juxtaposition of familiar and ancient abstracted markings influenced by the layered historical fabric of Dublin Castle. Ochres and oxides are dusted onto the clay surface representing the trace elements found in the stone and also revealing other aspects found and marked on the fabric like panels. The worn and ragged layers are suspended by hooks from forged poles like fragments or shards, perhaps excavated on this historical site.

Studio work continues to explore the use of scrafitto on the clay surface combined with metal details; metals being used as a fired oxide in the clay. Both the wall panels and free standing sculptures are combined with forged metal and copper detail. The exploration of scrafitto technique is a means of expression of mark making of both historical and contemporary scripts and symbols.

Biographic Detail
1983 Foundation course, Grennan Mill, Co Kilkenny
1984-1987 Diploma in ceramics, NCAD, Dublin
1988 Set up partnership studio "Tileworks",specializing in architectural ceramics in Kilworth, Co Cork, sponsored by The Crafts Council/Fas.
1989-1996 Tileworks studio partnership in Dublin.
1996 Set up Ceramic Studio, Dublin
1997-1998 Set up with 12 other artists, Designers Focus, a network grouping
2000 Exterior facade commission executed with 45 primary school children - The Ark, children's cultural centre, Dublin
1999 Public area mosaic mural - Newpark Hotel, Co Kilkenny
1999 Ceramic, relief & mosaic wall and pool fountain - Private commission
1999 Sculpture piece for "Flight" programme @ The Ark- children's cultural centre ,Dublin - "every cloud has a Silver...."
1998 Community Art project for South Dublin Co Counci (Clondalkin Library- papier mache sculpture- Noah's Ark
1997 Community Art project for South Dublin Co Council (Tallaght Library- ceramic mural- Fairy tales)
1998/1996 Corporate and private commissions.(IFSC-1996; AIB- 1997/1998)
1995 Sculpture commission for the DunLaoghaire ferry terminal,Dublin -The Serpentine Seat - (as Tileworks)
1996 Sculpture pieces executed for Dublin Castle, Castle Hall - Fabrications (as Tileworks) Ceramic piece executed for public housing, Limerick Civic Offices - 1% Artist scheme
1995 Reception 3D piece, floor and wall panel @ Coach House, Dublin Castle -collaborative project;(as Tile works)
1994 Designed & executed ceramic piece for public housing, Finglas - Dublin Corporation,(as Tileworks).
1993 Designed & executed specialist ceramic works @ National Library, Dublin (as Tileworks)
1992 Presentation piece, designed & executed for the Dept of Culture & Gaeltechta for TD Micheal D Higgins
1991 Designed & executed special delphware for the Government Jet - collaborative project (as Tileworks).
1989/1990 Designed & executed console piece for the Italian room @ Government Buildings, Dublin (as Tileworks) Designed & executed special ceramic works for the Taoiseach,s ensuite @ Government Buildings, Dublin. - (as Tileworks).
1996 Plan Expo Award to "Focus on Floors"
1996 project sponsored by VŐsoske Joyce/Crafts Council for traveling group exhibition launched at Showcase
1992 "Art flight" to exhibit in Bruxelles sponsored by Aer Lingus/Arts Council.
Presentations and Teaching experience
1999 Mentor for The Crafts Council,"Out Reach" programme
1999 Co-ordinated mosaics work shop for children; Winter weekend @ The Ark, children's centre
1998 Mosaic Quake 2,(Clondalkin Library), coordinated community project for South Dublin County Council.
1998 Talk given to Interior design students of the College of Marketing &Design
1997 Mosaic Quake 1(Tallaght Library), coordinated community project for Dublin south County Council
1992-1995 Talks given to participants of Crescent Work Shops Kilkenny(as Tileworks)
1995 Talk given to students of the design Dept., NCAD.(As Tileworks)
Professional Society membership and slides held on file
  • Association of Artists in Ireland
  • Sculptors Society of Ireland 1991-00
  • Leinster print making studio 1998-99
  • Irish Contemporary Ceramics
  • Crafts Council of Ireland - media store and on the
       Crafts council web site(2001 start)
  • Commissioning gallery @ Design Yard
  • Artifact @ Art House