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Róisín de Buitléar

Róisín de Buitléar Glass sculptor
English, French, Irish
By appointment only
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Seduced by glassmaking

  • • Róisín is a passionate advocate for glassmaking skills
  • • Her work draws on Irish culture and glassmaking history
  • • She enjoys collaborating with others

Always passionate about making, as a teenager Róisín de Buitléar wanted to study theatre design, but since no course existed in Ireland at the time, she was encouraged to take a more general crafts design course at art college in Dublin instead, and it was there where she was “seduced” by glassblowing. After college she travelled widely, learning from glassmakers around the world, before returning to work in Ireland. These days she continues to work collaboratively with other glass artisans as well as artists from different fields, creating sculptures and site-specific installations that tell stories and provide social commentary on themes that interest her, particularly Irish culture.

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Time Spent

The surface of this classically formed vessel of blown glass was engraved with a diamond point, with the idea of reproducing the shadow effect of Limerick lace when lain on a table. The piece pays homage to the skilled young lace-makers who worked between the ages of 11 and 16 to produce intricate, often functional, objects of great beauty.

Height 450 mm
Diameter 300 mm

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Chanter 1 and 2

These bold orange and sea-blue vessels are part of a series of instruments made for live performances. Bringing haunting sounds to traditional Irish music, they produce a range of different resonances depending on whether they are struck, blown or plucked (when strung horizontally with rubber strings).

Height 480 mm
Diameter 320 mm

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Molten (Chocolate)

This is one of a series of objects expressing the ongoing unease with material culture in Ireland during the period of immense economic growth known as the Celtic Tiger, from the mid-1990s to 2008.

Vedrarfjiordr Long Boat

Vedrarfjiordr, the windy fjord, was a Viking settlement, a safe anchorage against the winds of the Irish Sea. The surface of this deep orange, blown-glass bowl with carved rim was wheel-cut and engraved with a diamond point. The piece speaks of the vulnerability of Róisín’s craft and the balance of its future, through use of light, form and poetry of line.

Height 140 mm
Diameter 260 mm

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