Architecture and Ceramics
We went to Dublin! It was great. We saw lots of wonderful Irish art and crafts, and I learned a lot about Irish history. We also drank some beer.
Here is some stained glass by Harry Clarke. It is very pretty.
Here are some mosaics that were in the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology Collection’s building on Kildare St. The building is part of a larger complex, and the circular entrance way faces the Library, in a plan which closely mirrors that or the Archaeology building. The mosaics are amazing and extensive. The museum is over two floors, with a central atrium and an upper gallery, but unfortunately due to the volume of exhibits, the main atrium space is used for display, covering most of the mosaic on that area. The door ways are also amazing, with carved wood panelled doors, and ceramic enamelled door surrounds.
We went to the Guinness Storehouse. No woman no cry?
We also went to Bewley‘s, which is where the first Chinese tea imported into Ireland was served. It’s a large and beautiful tearoom, with lots of original features, such as lovely stained glass, and high backed booths. I love this sort of thing, the Orient-ification of an Irish tearoom, as the decorators and artists of the day saw it.
Having read the Wikipedia article about Harry Clarke, it seems these stained glass windows were his work also. Very beautiful!
We also visited Kilmainham Gaol, which was not only a very interesting look into Irish political history, but also a general interest story about crime and punishment in the Western world. Lovely lovely panopticon.