Sligo woodturner is selected for national craft exhibition

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Matt Jones, a woodturner based in Riverstown, Co, Sligo has been selected for the RDS National Craft Awards Exhibition with his piece entitled Hermit Form I, II and III.

CRAFT: Woodturner Matt Jones at work in his studio in Riverstown.
CRAFT: Woodturner Matt Jones at work in his studio in Riverstown.

This will be Matt’s second time to be included in these national awards, having also been successful in 2013.

Matt is one of fifteen makers involved in the Made in Sligo Craft Trail, set up as an additional attraction for tourists visiting County Sligo and as a mechanism for makers to engage with customers.

The annual RDS National Craft Awards, established in 1968, was set up to showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft.

“It is great to be successful again this year” said Matt. “It is a real challenge to meet the high standards of this competition and it is a culmination of many months of work.

“The Hermit Forms are reminiscent of crustaceous shells and other sea life, inspired by Sligo’s spectacular seashores.” said Matt.

“However the hermit is also a person who lives in seclusion from society which is a reflection on the solitary and devotional nature of craft.”

Each year the winning and commended entries take part in the RDS National Craft Awards Exhibition during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.

Prior to the opening of the Horse Show, the Exhibition will open to the public free of charge from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday July 28 to Friday July 31, with late opening on Thursday until 7.00pm.

The Exhibition is also open during the 2015 Dublin Horse Show, August 5-9.

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