Biography

Emmet Kane Woodturner


Emmet Kane comes from five generations of Master Craftsmen and is a self taught woodturner. He has worked for his studio since 1988 in Castledermot Co.Kildare Ireland.  

After leaving school in 1989 he joined the Family Building Business were he learnt many new skills. Emmet got a place on the Crafts Council of Ireland Business & Design Development Course 1996/’97, after many years of developing his skills in woodturning This helped him set up his own business as a woodturner in Castledermot Co.Kildare

His work is a series of one off pieces which often have similar themes running through these unique pieces of sculpture in wood using a combination of metal leaf and many other materials to enhance each piece.

He has been to invited to teach, lecture and demonstrate to Woodturning symposiums in Australia, Finland, England,France, Norway, Germany, and USA and throughout the island of Ireland.

 

Member of the Royal Dublin Society Committee of Arts Elected 2012

Member of the Royal Dublin Society Crafts Working Group from 2012 to date

Member of the Royal Dublin Society Crafts Committee from 2008 to 2011

Chairman of the Midlands Chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild 2009 to date

Elected directory of the Crafts Council of Ireland from 1998 -2010

Crafts Council of Ireland Internal Audit Committee Chairman 2005-2010

Former President and Chairman of the Irish Woodturners’ Guild from 1996-2006

 

Recent Exhibitions

2012

Sculpture in Context 2012 group exhibition at the National Botanic Gardens Dublin

“Vessels” group exhibition at Cill Rialaig Art Centre Ballinskelligs   Co.Kerry

 2011

Contemporary Sculpture in Irish Gardens at Ballintubbert Gardens Stradbally, Co. Laois

Historical Woods of America exhibition at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus Ohio USA

Historical woods of America exhibition at the AAW annual symposium in St. Paul, Minnesota USA

Turned Wood / Small Tenures Exhibition del Mano Gallery Los Angeles USA

2010

Group Exhibition in Pembroke Gallery Carlow

2009

“Frozen Fire/Earth Spun” Joint exhibition at the Farmleigh Gallery Dublin

The Spindle” Featured at the AAW Symposium in Albuquerque New Mexico USA

Turned Wood / Small Tenures Exhibition del Mano Gallery Los Angeles USA

The Spindle” the Gallery of Wood Art Saint PaulLandmark Centre Minnesota USA

Selected Works Exhibition at the del Mano Gallery Los Angeles USA

2008

SOFA Chicago Exhibition with the del Mano Gallery Los Angeles

SOFA Chicago Exhibition The National Craft Gallery Kilkenny

“Image of Longing” The National Craft Gallery Kilkenny

Turned Wood / Small Tenures Exhibition del Mano Gallery Los Angeles

2007

SOFA Chicago Exhibition with the del Mano Gallery Los Angeles

Craft select Eígse art festival Carlow June

The Stone Gallery Dublin 

Turned Wood / Small Tenures Exhibition del Mano Gallery Los Angeles

2006

Exhibition in the Bridge Gallery Dublin  

Access to Arts Exhibition Dublin

SOFA New York Exhibition with the del Mano Gallery Los Angeles  

Turned Wood / Small Tenures Exhibition del Mano Gallery Los Angeles

2005

The Stone Gallery Dublin 

RDS National Craft Competition at the Horse Show Dublin

Solo Exhibition Stephen Pearce Gallery Shanagarry, Co. Cork

National Craft Gallery Review Exhibition The National Craft Gallery Kilkenny

2004

The National Craft Gallery exhibition at National Craft Fair R.D.S

Medici Gallery Cook Street London 

Exhibition in the Bridge Gallery Dublin

R DS National Craft Competition at the Horse Show Dublin

“Collaboration” Group Exhibition at the Guinness Storehouse Dublin

2003

“Collaboration” Group Exhibition in The National Craft Gallery Kilkenny

Kenny’s Gallery, Lahinch, Co Clare

RDS National Craft Competition at the Horse Show Dublin

AFTAB invited exhibition in Puy-Saint Martin France

2002

“Splanc” Craft Council of Ireland and Irish Woodturners’ Guild Exhibition in the National Craft Gallery Kilkenny

RDS National Craft Competition Travelling Exhibition at the Fermanagh County Museum

Interia Group Exhibition at Kilkenny Arts Week Kilkenny

RDS National Craft Competition at the Horse Show 2002 winner of the woodturning category

“Wonders in Wood” a solo exhibition as part of Éigse art festival Carlow

2001

Art and Design Ireland at the RDS, Dublin

RDS National Craft Competition Travelling Exhibition at the National Craft Gallery Kilkenny

RDS National Craft Competition Travelling Exhibition at the Down Civic Arts Centre

Interia Group Exhibition at the Beyond the Hall Door Show at The Point, Dublin

RDS National Craft Competition Travelling Exhibition at the South Tipperary County Museum

Interia Group Exhibition at Kilkenny Arts Week Kilkenny

Showcase Ireland, RDS, Dublin 1997-2005 inclusive

Éigse Carlow Arts Festival 1990-2001 inclusive

Collections

National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks with Crafts Council of Ireland Joint Purchase fund Permanent Collection 2011

Irish Office of Public Works Farmleigh Collections 2009

Irish Department of Foreign Affairs with Crafts Council of Ireland Joint Purchase fund Embassy Collection 2008

National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks with Crafts Council of Ireland Joint Purchase fund Permanent Collection 2008

Irish Department of Foreign Affairs with Crafts Council of Ireland Joint Purchase fund Embassy Collection 2004

Allied Irish Bank Corporate Art Collection 2003

Carlow County Counci dddl Art Collection 2002

 

Awards and Prizes

Royal Dublin Society National Craft Competition winner of the woodturning category 2002

Merit award in the Royal Dublin Society Forestry and Crafts competition 2000 Sponsored by Irish Department of the Marine and Natural Resources.

Award in Artistic Excellence Éigse Carlow Arts Festival 1996

 

Selected Publication

2010 Woodturning Magazine, Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications

2008 The journal of the American Association of Woodturners

2008 Irish Arts Review

2007 The journal of the American Association of Woodturners

2004 500 Wood Bowls, Lark Book

2003 Woodturning Magazine, Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications, No.124

1998 Woodturning, Magazine, Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications, No.84

1998 Woodturning, Magazine, Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications, No.82

One of Emmet’s pieces, a burr oak wall hanging with 23 carat gold leaf features on the cover of “The Blue Idol” the latest album for “Altan”, the world famous Traditional Irish Group (2002)

 

 

My work has been presented to:

Mary McAleece Former President of Ireland 

Charlie McCreevy Former EU Commissioner

Bertie Ahern Former Taoiseach

Mary Harney Former Tanaiste

David Byrne Former EU Commissioner

Albert Reynolds Former Taoiseach

Charles J Haughey Former Taoiseach

Ruairi Quinn T.D Former Minster for Finance