‘We all contain things’, a series of ceramic vessels by Derek Wilson, is one of several works by more than 30 Irish designers and craftspeople on show at the Justus Lipsius Building in Brussels, the headquarters of the Council of the European Union, as part of a showcase for the best of Irish craft and design.
On display for the duration of the Irish EU Presidency, the exhibition originally began as ‘A Place to Gather’ at the London Design Festival in September 2012 (watch the video above). Following its time in the Justus Lipsius building, the exhibiton will be extended further by touring to additional locations.
Wilson’s practice as a ceramicist centres on the making of a diverse range of contemporary objects – from the functional to the sculptural. “His search for simplicity of form draws inspiration upon a diverse range of sources from mid-century British Constructivism to the history of the ceramic industry in Europe and Asia. He works in celadon glazed porcelain and stoneware and his objects, whether they are made to be used or not, tend to be placed in groupings – evoking communality and sociability.” says exhibition organizers the Craft Council of Ireland.