Totem pole exhibition on in Kildare town

Community project

Paula Campbell paula@leinsterleader.ie

Reporter:

Paula Campbell paula@leinsterleader.ie

Totem pole exhibition on in Kildare town

Ceramics artist Ania Necel Kruppa

An exhibition of totem poles that tell tales of what is important to over 30 local people of all ages is currently on display in Teach Dara, Kildare town.

The project involved local ceramics artist Ania Necel Kruppa of Ania’s ceramics and over 30 people from the area.

It began in 2015 and the group enjoyed over 30 hours of hands-on clay workshops with Ania, working on stoneware clay and glazing.

The three multi coloured totems were inspired by the idea, “What Is Important To Me”, and were crafted by parents, grandparents, groups from Educate Together NS, Teach Dara and the Kildare Parish Centre. Each piece is described as being unique and very special.

“I have great fun working as a ceramics teacher and community facilitator,” said Ania .

“I love chatting with people and observing how their work makes them happy and extremely proud.

“ I love exploring different aspects of art and trying to learn new skills by taking part in courses like stained glass and basket weaving which is very challenging.”

The project was funded by Kildare Arts Service.

Aina is also employed as a tutor with KWETB, working with different age groups as a Community Education Facilitator. She also runs an After School Club at Kildare Town Educate Together National School with a strong emphasis on arts and crafts.

Teach Dara has facilities to host a number of community activities.