About

Bernadette was a ships captain for many years in California. Today her affinity with the Ocean is reflected in her ceramic vessels, photography and glass work which emulates and celebrates  County Cork seascapes discovered while kayaking along the local Atlantic coastline.

Education

B.A (Hons) Contemporary Applied Art, Ceramics, Glass & Textiles • Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Ireland · 06 / 2018


Kiln Cast Glass Sculpture · Shanghai University of Fine Art, Shanghai, China · 05 / 2017


B.A Pottery Skills & Design Course · Design & Crafts Council of Ireland & National University of Ireland, Thomastown Co. Kilkenny, Ireland · 09 / 2014

                                                                  

Ceramic, Ceramic Sculpture, Design, Art History · City College of San Francisco, Fort Mason Campus, San Francisco ·  2000 / 2011

Artists Statement

 

Through my explorations by sea into places accessible only by kayak  I venture into hidden, undervalued and undeniably beautiful places. My explorations have led me to question our relationship with the landscape and our role in responsible stewardship of our coastal surroundings.

Although the coastline appears rugged, an impervious bulwark against the Atlantic and the elements, it is vulnerable to human impact. This  vulnerability is expressed in the balancing of some pieces on small bases. I carefully manipulate found coastal items into the individual materials, making the found items integral to the piece. I use found items of drift wood and stone to mark make and form, creating  a visible narrative from the hidden places to the public. I give expression to the creative and erosive dialog of water on rock, articulating the relationships between humanity and landscape.

Each  sculptural piece contains found coastal materials and is named for the place that inspired it.



Exhibitions  
Present & Past

2020

Surveyor · Solstice Art Centre, Railway Street, Navan , Co. Meath · December 2020
Artworks 2020 - The Sky is Blue ·  The Visual Carlow , Old Dublin Rd, Graigue , Carlow  ·  July  to October 2020
Unlocked ·  Craft Northern Ireland , 112 -115 Royal  Avenue, Belfast, N.I. ·  August to October 2020
Clayworks at the Printworks · Ceramics Ireland Members Exhibition · Dublin Castle, Dublin · August 2020
Cork Potters Society 40th Anniversary  Members Exhibition · Lavit Gallery, Wansford Quay Cork ·  August 2020

SHOWCASE · Cork Craft & Design Annual Exhibition · Working Artists Studios, Ballydehob, Co. Cork · August 2020  

Land of Some Order   ·  Lavit  Gallery, Wansford Quay,  Cork ·  March to July 2020

Kanturk Arts Festival  · Kanturk Co. Cork ·  March 2020  ·  postponed

2019

Winter Salon · Studio 12 · B.A.G. Wansford Quay Cork ·  December 2019

Contemporary Craft Exhibition · South Tipp Arts Center Clonmel Co. Tipperary ·  December 2019

Going Solo Solo show · Toradh 2 Gallery · Kells, Co. Meath ·  September to November 2019

UnSettle All Things · Crawford College of Art & Design Graduate Residents Show, Grand Parade, Cork ·  September 2019

We Are Cork Cork Craft & DesignGroup Show  · City Hall Cork · August 2019

Clayworks at the Printworks · Ceramics Ireland Members Exhibition · Dublin Castle, Dublin · August 2019

Present Past Cork Craft & Design Showcase Exhibition· Fota House, Cork · August 2019

Following Contours  Solo Show · Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards, Co. Down, U.K. · June   2019  

2018


Craft & Design Fair  · Glucksman Gallery UCC, Cork · 11/2018

Ceramics Ireland Selected Members Exhibition · Rathfarnam Castle, Dublin · 10/2018

Emerge 2018 · City Hall Atrium, Cork · 09/2018  

See/Saw Degree Exhibition · Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork · 06/2018  


2017

Under €250 · Cork Institute of Technology Gallery, Wansford Quay, Cork · 12 /2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Oda · Vilinus Art Academy, Vilinus, Lithuania ·  09 / 2017                                                                                                                                                                  

Nahk · Gallery Noorus, Tartu, Estonia · 03-04 / 2017                                                                                                                                                          

Skin · Cork Institute of Technology Gallery, Wansford Quay, Cork · 03 / 2017                                                                                                                                                               

2014

Up from Earth ·  National Craft Gallery, Castle yard, Kilkenny · 07-08 / 2014                                                                                                                                          

Ceramics Ireland ·  Selected Members Exhibition · Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin Dublin · 06-07/ 2014                                                                                                                    

What a Dish · Blue Egg Gallery Johns Street, Wexford · 04-05/2014   


2003 - 2005 


Open Studios San Francisco
· 121 Noriega Street San Francisco 94122, U.S.A. · 10/ 2003/ 04/05


Awards


   
 Meath County Council Arts Office · Going Solo Award  2019
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland · Future Makers Award  2019
Crawford College of Art & Design · Graduate Residency Award Ceramics  2018 - 19
D.B.I. · Purchase Prize  2018
Cork Craft & Design · Emerge Award  2018




Residencies

Direenacappera  · Beara Peninsula, Cork Ireland ·  Artists Residency · April 2021

Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Ireland · Ceramics Residency · Sept 2018 - June 2019

Shanghai University of Fine Art, Shanghai China · Kiln Cast Glass Study Exchange · March 2017 - May 2017

Master Class


2014 · Master Class  Lisa Hammond · Two day Workshop - Demonstration Lecture D.C.C.I. Thomastown, Ireland

2013 · Master Class  Walter Keeler · Two day Workshop - Demonstration-Lecture  D.C.C.I. Thomastown, Ireland

2012  · Master Class  Ken Eastman · One day Workshop · Lecture University Limerick, Ireland

2012 · Master Class  David Frith · Three day Workshop · D.C.C.I. Thomastown, Ireland

2012 · Ceramics Ireland Raku Workshop · One day Workshop ·  D.C.C.I. Thomastown, Ireland

U.S.A.


2004 · Molly Prior · Pit Fire Workshop · One day Workshop · Dillion Beach, Tomales, California, U.S.A.


2002  · Master Class Josh De Weese
· One day Workshop · C.C.S.F. Fort Mason Campus, San Francisco California, U.S.A.