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Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics

MAD Museum, New York, USA - May 6 - September 13, 2009

This exhibition explores how artists and designers are reviving interest in ceramics through collaborations with industry that enhance and sometimes subvert the industrial process. Object Factory presents works created for leading manufacturers as well as artworks by independent artists and designers. Both non-functional and functional works are highlighted, as are important technological advances in ceramic material that allow for its use in electronic appliances, cutting implements, and other surprising products.

Scherzer cup

The exhibition is curated by acclaimed ceramic artist and designer Marek Cecula and is accompanied by a 120-page, fully illustrated catalogue published and distributed by the Museum of Arts and Design.

View exhibition page on MAD Museum website

Junkshop Revolution

Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK - June 13 - August 1, 2009

"In recognition of Liverpool's Year of the Environment 2009, we are curating an exhibition that will present work by designers who have found new use for everyday objects and reclaimed materials, creating products which challenge our ideas about recycling and enhance the environment through good design. Our exhibition, 'Junkshop Revolution', will coincide with Design Show Liverpool, an important event in the design calendar which draws a design conscious audience to the city."

Scherzer plate 2

View exhibitor list of Junkshop Revolution


Al-Sabah Art & Design, The Corniche, Arabian Gulf Road, Shaab, Kuwait - June 13 - July 11, 2009

Fragiles the eclectic collection of contemporary porcelain, ceramic and glass design and artwork has been invited by Sheikj Majed Al-Sabah for its first show in the Middle East at the Al-Sabah Art & Design Gallery in Kuwait.

'The heart' plate is featuring in this show alongside a range of work from international makers. The show will continue to tour for 2 years across UAE.

The heart plate

View Fragiles exhibition website

Wesley meets Art • New Exhibition

Cj’s latest exhibition is at MMU Special Collections until 20th February 2009.

The exhibition has ceramics and photography by CJ O’Neill and Lee Garland at Wesley Community Furniture (read the City Life story).

Wesley meets Art Auction • 18th February

So the auction of the work in the wesley project is fast approaching! The date is set for Wednesday 18th February at 6pm in the Special Collections Gallery, with special guest auctioneer Eric Knowles from BBC Antiques Roadshow.

All proceeds from the sale of the work will go to the Wesley so not only will you be able to experience an auction environment, get hold of some new artwork and meet Eric Knowles, but you’ll also be supporting the work of a wonderful charity in Manchester. I do hope you can make it.

To attend the auction you must pre register with Pat Kelly or telephone 0161 247 3096.

You can view or download the auction catalogue in advance, but the best way is to go and take a look at the show to see which pieces catch your eye! With guide prices starting at £5, and a wide range of ceramics and photography, there is definitely something for everyone – both in terms of taste and pocket!

Cj's work featured in Object Factory International Exhibition

Cj’s work was shown in the prestigious ‘Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics’ at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto. This show was curated by Marek Cecula and was open from May 15th to September 7th 2008. Pieces that were selected for the show were the ‘Scherzer’ set, ‘Flower’ cut plate and ‘The Heart’ cut plate (see these products).

object factory poster

The exhibition explores the intersections of contemporary ceramic art, design and industrial production. It illustrates how collaboration between artists, designers and industrial manufacturers in recent years has stimulated tremendous new advances in ceramic materials, forms and styles.

The objects displayed represent some of the most innovative and exciting ceramics being produces around the world today, and include a mix of unique works of art and pieces created for mass production. More than 50 artists, designers and industrial manufacturers from 18 different countries and three continents are represented in this exhibition. Despite their diverse geographic origins, the makes of these objects share an interest in pushing the boundaries of traditional ceramic forms, functions and aesthetics. Ceramics is one of the oldest forms of material culture, but as this exhibition demonstrates, the genre is still as vital as both a medium of artistic expression and an integral component of everyday life.

Heading off to the fields of gold

I have been invited to return to Guldagergaard as artist in residence later this year which I am really looking forward to. I’ll be developing some work with local charity shops in the town – check back for updates!

Cj was also part of the ‘Slavery Now: 200 years’ show earlier this year: view the pieces on flickr.

flickr images

Four new publications featuring Cj

Fragiles: porcelain, glass and ceramics, editors R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, S. Grill, published by Gestalten

Ecological Design written by Manuela Roth, published by teNeues.

Handle With Care, on sale from Design Boom.

Cj’s work is also included in the The Ceramics Design Course by Anthony Quinn – it’s a fantastic resource and is available to buy now.