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  • In the Tradition of Smiling Angels (detail), Claire Curneen, 2007. © Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales


The National Museum of Wales's most ambitious ceramics exhibition to date

‘Wales, as a whole, has never seen a major contemporary ceramics project on this scale before,’ says Andrew Renton, head of applied art at National Museums Cardiff. Fragile, running until 4 October, is the museum’s most ambitious contemporary ceramics exhibition to date. The aim of the show is to offer visitors a broad vision of today’s practice from the celebrated to the unexpected, bringing together work from the museum’s collections by Elizabeth Fritsch, Edmund de Waal and Pablo Picasso, alongside that of ceramists working in Wales today such as Claire Curneen, Adam Buick and Walter Keeler. Arguably though, the ambition of show can be found in site-specific and interactive installations from Clare Twomey, Phoebe Cummings and Keith Harrison.

In the Tradition of Smiling Angels, Claire Curneen, 2007, terracotta and gold lustre. © Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales