Art has always been a very important part of my self-expression. It gives me a window to escape into my own private world.
Twenty years ago I opted to go to Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa to study art. It was here that I was introduced to textiles, weaving and basketry. This greatly influenced my approach.
On completing my year in CSN, I went to Crawford College of Art & Design where I further explored textiles and sculpture. While there I incorporated glass into my work. In 2001, I got my degree in Fine Art, also graduating as Cork Arts’ Society Student of the Year.
Over the years I have attended many specialist courses including backstrap-loom weaving in Northern Thailand, glass blowing in Australia, glass Pate-de-Verre in Turkey and numerous glass courses in Ireland. The most recent of which was with the master glass artist Joseph Cavalieri.
I have had many solo and group exhibitions in various venues in that time. But, more recently, I find myself working largely to commission alongside exploring my own creativity and taking time to enjoy the process. Bespoke gifts or presentations can be tailored to the individuals receiving them, and I enjoy making these special bespoke pieces.
Working as an artist has always been a journey of discovery for me, and my work has evolved in various direction through the years.
Glass allows me to tie the various elements of my work together. My glass pieces can be sculptural or flat, vibrant or muted. Some of these are extremely fragile in appearance, conveying a sense of delicacy preserved in time. Other works are influenced by ancient forms etched in stone or caught in amber. My work seeks to evoke a timeless, almost ethereal effect.
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I am open to commission for presentation pieces to mark special events like retirements, visiting dignitaries, birthdays, competition prizes and awards, etc. If you have an idea then I’d love to discuss it with you! Some of my commissions include: Presentation pieces for the Cork Institute of Technology to mark the retirement of senior managers. […]
I create sculptural pieces using the Pate de Verre technique. First, I make a heat-proof mould as a structure. Next I create a paste of glass powder or granules and colouring. I then apply the glass paste to the mould, building it up bit by bit. The piece is then transferred into the kiln and […]