Exhibition | Róisín de Buitléar

By: Róisín De Buitléar  05/12/2011
Keywords: artists, glass, craft

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


An Exhibition of Photography and Jewellery at Designworks Studio, Cornmarket, Cork, opens September 22nd 2011. Featuring The Urban warrior collection of Jewellery by Tuula Harrington in collaboration with Róisín de Buitléar. Also featuring jewellery by Rachel Swan, Ger Breslin, Sam Lafford, Mette O Connor, Christina Brosnan, Seamus Gill, and Derek Mc Garry, with photography by Agata Stoinska. Concept and art direction by Eddie Shanahan.

Friday, July 29th, 2011

The origins of the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) date to the foundation of its forerunner the Dublin Science and Art Museum in 1877. At that time and up until the early twentieth century acquisition of contemporary applied arts, both national and international was an important aspect of collecting. This situation changed on Irish Independence in 1922, and from that decade on the collections policy of the museum turned almost exclusively to that of historical collecting of Irish decorative and applied arts.

Irish Contemporary Craft Collection

In recent years this situation has changed, and the NMI has again been in a position to acquire contemporary Irish material for the national collection. Outside of the National Museum’s own budget, there is a joint purchase fund with the Crafts Council of Ireland since 2004, which has significantly helped in establishing an Irish contemporary craft collection held at Collins Barracks.

  1. Two pieces from the colection by Róisín de Buitléar will be on view, Lios na ng – purchased 2007  and Time spent – purchased 2011.
Thursday, July 7th, 2011

6 August – 1 September 2011 at The Kenny Gallery.
Liosbán Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Jerpoint invites “Hot Glass Divas” to exhibit during Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Jerpoint Glass and the “Hot Glass Divas” mark “Year of Craft” from August 4th to August 31st at the Glass Attic Gallery at Jerpoint Glass Studio with their exciting exhibition and glass demonstrations that celebrates women’s contribution to hot glassmaking in Ireland.

One of the unique and exciting characteristics of the Irish art-glass industry is that female artists dominate it. To highlight this distinctive feature of Irish glassblowing, Jerpoint have exclusively invited Irish women working in hot glass to exhibit their work in their exhibition entitled “Hot Glass Divas”.

The group of Irish women set to display their work this summer represent both established and up-and-coming artists, including internationally renowned glassblower Róisín de Buitléar, Seattle based fine-artist Paula Stokes and Karen Donnellan, who is gaining a reputation for her intricate glass forms. The exhibition will include vessels, bowls, sculpture and free forms that illustrate innovative techniques in glassblowing for example layering colour upon colour and appliqué to hot glass.

Glassblowing is a most exciting spectacle! During the Festival visitors can experience first hand some of Ireland’s most innovative glass artists, including Lucinda Robertson and Caroline Madden perform their magic in the hot glass studio in specially arranged glassblowing demonstrations that will run alongside the visual arts display in the Glass Attic Gallery.

“For over thirty years, Jerpoint have specialised in making beautiful handmade pieces in hot glass. It is especially fitting that our Arts Festival exhibition for “Year of Craft” reflects our hot glass tradition while celebrating contemporary glass artists in Ireland today, who all happen to be women!” said Sally Leadbetter of Jerpoint Glass.

The Glass Attic Gallery is located at Jerpoint Glass Studio, Stoneyford, Co Kilkenny. Jerpoint Glass, a family business, produces a wide range of exclusive hand-made glass, which is available at the Studio or select stores nationwide.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Engaging with Glass: Exhibition and Symposium
7th June – 16 July 2011

Engaging with Glass: Exhibition, presents a selection of contemporary glass artwork from Irish artists working at home and abroad. Following an international call for submissions, glasswork was selected for the exhibition by Dr. Audrey Whitty, Curator of Ceramics, Glass and Asian collections at the National Museum of Ireland and Tina Oldnow, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA. The exhibition features 72 pieces by 41 artists.

Róisín de Buitléar is showing at Engaging with glass The Solstice Gallery Navan.

Gallery opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm. Admission Free. For further information visit www.solsticeartscentre.ie Tel. +353 46 9092300

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Temporary Installation, waste glass and steel construction - Youth project. Sponsored by WMG Group Cork

Slow Architecture Grand Canal Basin Dublin

Interior of Barge for Slow Architecture exhibition.

see http://www.slowarchitecture.ie/

Honouring the work of craft.

Boundaries – A claiming of territory, a demarcation of land, a definition of space.

This proposal looked to vernacular construction methods of rural crafts as a point of departure to present glass as a construction material of many uncelebrated guises. Traditional methods of making boundaries for shelter, enclosure or to define territory are evident country wide. Using available materials at hand was common place. These were renewable, durable, recyclable, or biodegradable. Construction was slow and methodical. Rhythm texture and use of specific materials was fundamental to the function of the structure. Dry stone walling, wattle and daub construction, split hazel and willow hurdle making, coppicing and thatching are examples of skills which respected nature and often served a secondary function to their constructive one.

Glass as a material can become the conceptual boundary between the physical and the metaphysical.  It defines space light and form.  Its use as a filter of light provides comfort and climate control. The limitation for glass has always been in its production. Its production cost is high, and working the material in ways that are challenging require a range of craft skills and in depth expertise. It is a unique architectural material which we take for granted using only a fraction of its inherent qualities. Notions of space, lightness, darkness, solid and void, transparency or translucency can be explored through this material.

In modern building schemes creation and disposal of waste is a growing environmental issue and is impacting on building costs. Glass is no exception and thousands of tonnes of waste glass are created and dumped each year. Rural building methods drew on a rich source of material close at hand. In this proposal I wish to address how this glass waste material can be used as an exciting and challenging resource for use in architecture. By combining waste glass with hot glass production many options can be challenged, in the context of a small exhibition space this will need to take the form of drawings, samples and photgraphy.

Engaging the community as part of this work was an essential part of this work. Rural constructions were often community projects of people working together in ‘meitheal’ or groups. A gathering of neighbours worked together to ease the work load and create constructions which would otherwise not have been possible. Each offer of work was reciprocated.

Constructing a structure or boundary with the local community at a mooring point illustrates how slow architecture can encapsulate traditions which we could readdress. Creating a requirement of preparation for this work involves the wider community, making community members aware of the project evolving in their area opening a dialogue on slow architecture. It reinforces the link with rural traditions between the older and younger members of a community.

This project was made possible by the generous donation of waste glass from WMG group Churchfiled Cork and lighting from NJPower Ballymount Dublin

The project was constucted by youths from the Andrew resource centre Pearse street and the glass department in NCAD Dublin, led by Artist Róisín de Buitléar

Many thanks to volunteers

Leanne Payne

Chelsea Barry

Tara Oglesby

Jordan Byrne

Josh Coughlan

Daniel O’ Callaghan


Ciara Cuddihy

Conor O Toole

Sinead Brennan

Michele Keily

Aoife Soden

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Róisín de Buitléar will be exhibiting at COLLECT, International Contemporary Applied Art Fair London

Held in the Saatchi gallery London in May 2011, COLLECT is the premier annual fair for contemporary craft. Through its presentation of work from the best international applied artists, COLLECT has become a prestigious event in the international cultural calendar gaining the respect and support of many private collectors, museum curators and galleries.

There are 38 galleries represented from 12 different countries. The show is open to the general public. Róisín has been selected to exhibit at this show as one of the Irish artists to be represented by the National Craft Gallery of Ireland.

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Postes. 280 x 190mm Diamond point engraved glass, embossed collage pape

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Seven Rounds of the Pattern- hot cast glass 120mm x 100mm x 70mm.

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Lios na Sí Fairy Ring – hot worked glass 2m diameter.

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