Many artists have come through the studios over the years, and some have left lasting impressions!
Fiona worked with silver while at college and afterwards experimented with Perspex, resins and enamels. She joined Bridge Street Studios in 1998 and left in 2015 after 16 enjoyable years.
Her jewellery has been presented to The Corrs, and Hilary and Chelsea Clinton, and she has worked with The Dept. of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources designing presentation gifts for visiting ministers during Ireland’s EU presidency, and with De Beers designing gifts for their management throughout the world.
She now works from her own home studio.
Painter, John 0’Connor, bases his work on a town land in Sligo called Ummeryroe. Old farm equipment, potato sprayers, pitch forks, have all been starting points for paintings. The landscape and bogland have also given him inspiration for work. He paints directly from the landscape and also works on paintings in the studio which are larger in scale. These paintings are more experimental as paint is allowed to flow and drip. “I find this accident and layering corresponds with the natural wetlands that I am attracted to,” says John.
Browns, blues, greens and reds along with blue blacks are the colours that evoke this landscape.
Ceramic Artist Joanne McKenna creates highly individual work that is both sculptural and functional. She studied in Limerick College of Art and Design in the early 1990s and was a founder member of Bridge Street Studios in 1996.
Joanne was perhaps best known for her exciting designs incorporating the forms and details of European Architecture. Her pieces are fantastical yet familiar and seem to exude a character all of their own. Joanne now works in the Regional Development Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology.
Gillian has been working in ceramics since 1999. She began her career in Bridge Street Studios and currently works from a studio at her home in Dundalk, Co. Louth. She uses coiling and slab-building techniques to build strong geometric forms as a base on which to paint vibrant plant motifs.
Gillian draws inspiration from her interest in botany and botanical drawing. Her fascination with plants and plant symmetries is the foundation for the continued development of her work.