Kate Oram, a sculptor from Boyle, has won the prestigious contract to design and make this year’s National Enterprise Awards which will be held on November 21 in Dublin’s Mansion House.
Kate is sculpting the awards from bronze and their design is based on the County and City Enterprise Boards’ logo. The important awards were sandcast by Kate in the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, in Manorhamilton.
Ms Oram also finished the award pieces entirely by hand, sanding, polishing and patinating them to perfection.
The awards are mounted on Kilkenny limestone bearing a plate engraved with the winners’ names. The finished awards are being kept under a cloak of secrecy until they are unveiled at the big award ceremony on November 21.
Kate has been making bespoke awards for over 14 years. Customers include Diageo, Belfast Telegraph, BT, Northern Irish Tourist Board, UTV, North West 200, Phoenix Natural Gas, SeaCat, NI Travel News, all based in Northern Ireland where she also has a studio. Irish commissions include the Magners League man of the Match award, Octabuild and IntertradeIreland Seedcorn Awards.
Most of the award pieces are made from bronze but Kate also uses aluminium, stone, Perspex and cold cast iron.
Kate began her career in Belfast 1995, after gaining a degree in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics from Brighton University. She quickly built up a strong corporate following for her bespoke award sculptures, creating iconic awards which are commissioned annually. These include Sports Awards which have been won by Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Rory Best, AP McCoy and Paddy Barnes. Ronan O’Gara ranks among the winners of Kate’s Magners League Man of the Match Awards. Business awards have been won by Bombardier, Travel awards by Aer Lingus.
In 2000, Kate moved her studio to Bangor, Co. Down, where she still works part time today. The rest of the time is spent in her studio in Boyle where she also creates beautiful bronze candlestick and vessels, and has recently taken up sculpting in stone. Kate also works closely with the Leitrim sculpture Centre in Manorhamilton.
In 2010 she took part in a Stone Carving Symposium at Feelystone in Boyle, and exhibited the resulting double bird bath sculpture in the Contemporary Sculpture in Irish Gardens Festival at Ballintubbert Gardens.
Kate is currently working on a Christmas range of limited edition bronze candleholders to exhibit in the Leitrim Design House in Carrick-on-Shannon. Her work can also be seen in the Guinness Gallery, Foxrock, and online at www.kateoram.com