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I am passionate about Ireland, its culture, traditions, language and natural beauty.

I evolve work that is contemplative, meditative and which reinforces the simple delight of gracious line.

Biography

Born Irl 1963

 

Róisín de Buitléar is a visual artist, an alumna of the National College of Art and Design NCAD Dublin Ireland. She has completed many site-specific installations of blown, cast and architectural work, drawing her inspiration from her cultural heritage. These can be seen in public and private buildings throughout Ireland, including the Blasket Island Centre Dunchaoin Kerry, National Botanical Gardens Dublin, W5 Science museum Belfast, Highfield hospital Dublin and Castle Espie Wetland Centre Strangford Lough Northern Ireland and Ballyroan Public Library Dublin.

 

After a working tour and exhibition in Japan in 1986 she joined the faculty of the National College of Art and design, and taught in the Glass department for two decades until 2006. She continues to be a dynamic mentor nationally and internationally and has taught in the UK, Japan, Canada, USA and France. Next summer sees her returning to teach at the renowned Pilchuck Glass School, USA, for the third time. As an invited speaker, she has lectured in Japan, USA, France Demark and Finland and writes regularly on glass, education and art practice.

 

Following a Crafts Council of Ireland bursary for excellence in her craft in 2009, and a residency at the Museum of Glass Tacoma Washington in 2010, she began working on CAUTION! Fragile, a collaborative exhibition with Irish glass masters, expanding on her experience of participatory and collaborative practice, currently showing in The Museum of Glass Tacoma USA.  In 2011 the Irish Postal Service, featured her work “Catch a breath’ on a national Stamp in recognition of her achievements to commemorate The National Year of Craft. She represented Ireland in the European glass biennale in Denmark in 2012.  Her artworks are represented in National collections in Ireland, Britain, Japan, China and USA. Róisín is the outgoing chairperson of the Golden Fleece advisory committee and the cofounder of the Glass Society of Ireland Contemporary makers. 

CAUTION! Fragile, a major exhibition of glass sculpture at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, will run until September 2014.  This exhibition of engraved and cut glass is a collaboration between Róisín and three master glassmakers from Waterford Ireland. Her artworks are represented in public and private collections in Ireland, Britain, Japan, China and USA. Róisín is the outgoing chairperson of the Golden Fleece advisory committee and the cofounder of the Glass society of Ireland Contemporary makers.

Artist’s Statement

I have been fascinated by glass as much for its beauty as the challenge of working with it. I am continually inspired by the endless creative possibilities that glass offers. I make small-scale objects and large installations for public and private buildings. I work in layers, using the inherent beauty of the material to draw the viewer into the pieces through light, shadow and colour. At the core of the work are stories of my culture and these are told by using pattern, colour, form and the characteristics of the material. These stories are important to me to explain and share with others.

In my current work, I am investigating ideas of sound and glass, to create a visual and aural resonance of culture. Ideas of legacy, ornamentation, and characteristics of our narrative traditions are central to this work. Objects, performance and recordings are the projected outcomes.

Profile

Profile

BORN IN DUBLIN, Róisín de Buitléar is an artist and educator who has been working in the medium of glass as a primary material since 1983. She has completed many site-specific installations of blown and cast work, drawing her inspiration from her cultural heritage. These can be seen in public and private buildings throughout Ireland, including the Blasket Island Centre, Dunchaoin, Co. Kerry, National Botanical Gardens Dublin, W5 Belfast,  Castle Espie Wetland Centre Strangford Lough Northern Ireland and Ballyroan public Library Dublin. She is an advocate for traditional Irish skills of glassmaking, curating, exhibiting and lecturing nationally and internationally.

News

Exhibitions Summer 2014

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

France  31st July – August 5th 2015 Internationale Festival du Verre Palau Del Vidre Pyrenées Orientale Exhibition Place de Gall 10hr – 19hr every day Glass blowing demonstrations every day. 10hr – 19hr for more information please go to: Festivalduverre Palau del Vidre facebook   Belgium  05/07-16/08/15. Gravuur on Tour International engraving exhibition GlazenHuis Dorp […]

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Basilica of Our Lady of Knock, Co Mayo Ireland ‘Pilgrimage’ Commission installed.

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

The entrance corridors of the Basilica of Knock have been newly renovated and after a two year process of designing and manufacturing, I recently installed a large commission for both glazed entrances, of 36m x 3m transparent painted glass in 6 sections. Pilgrimage A pilgrimage is a symbol that is acted out. In seeking to […]

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Opening of Ornamentation at Solstice Navan February 5th 2015

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

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Performance of Glass and Sound Ortha by Róisín de Buitléar with Liam Ó Maonlaí and Peter O Toole

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

The opening of Ornamentation at the Solstice Gallery Navan on February 5th 2015  was accompanied by a performance by Liam Ó’Maonlaí and Peter O’Toole (The Hothouse Flowers). With an introduction and narrative by artist Róisín deBuitléar, Liam and Peter manipulated de Buitléar’s glass sound objects in a musical journey.  ​   The partnership with Liam Ó […]

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Solo Exhibition – Ornamentation – Explorations in glass sound and form, at Solstice Arts Centre Navan Co Meath

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Ornamentation – Explorations in glass sound and form, at Solstice Arts Centre until April 17th http://www.solsticeartscentre.com/gallery/current-exhibitions.168.html A solo show by Róisín de Buitléar ‘Ornamentation, the melody of a story. The story of lace is an intricate one, which carries with it, ideas of tradition, ritual and identity through ornamentation. Using the international language of lace […]

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Palau Del Vidre International Festival of Glass France August 1st- 5th 2015

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Róisín de Buitléar with Antoine Brodin will lead a team of international glassmakers to collaborate on a community based project during the 12th International Festival of Glass in the Pyrenean village of Palau del Vidre near the Catalan city of Perpignan in the south of France. The five day festival includes, exhibitions, demonstrations and children’s […]

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Mobile baskets Bloom Fringe 2015

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Mobile Baskets Celebrating the Year of Design 2015, We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our bid for support from the Design and Crafts council of Ireland for ‘Mobile Baskets’ a project that looks to address product development of traditional basket weaving methods to evolve contemporary solutions for transportation of a […]

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Solstice Gallery – Navan 05 Feb-17th April 2015

Friday, December 12th, 2014

A one man show of recent works by Róisín de Buitléar will be on view from 5th Feb – 17th April 2016 Róisín de Buitléar has been working in the medium of glass as primary material since 1983.  This exhibition provides a cross section of her recent practice including her body of work Ortha, a […]

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The Works RTÉ 1 -12th December 8.30pm

Friday, December 12th, 2014

An interview on The Works, Irelands premier Arts show, discussing current projects with Róisín de Buitléar on the basilica of Knock, Ortha sound objects, musical collaboration with Liam O Maonlaí and CAUTION Fragile exhibition in Tacoma Washington.   8.30pm, Friday, 12th December, RTÉ One    

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Resonance: Exhibition and Performance of Glass and Sound by Róisín de Buitléar at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Glass sound objects at Kilkenny Arts Festival by Róisín de Buitléar, performance by Liam O Maonlaoí at the Set Theatre August 8th 2014. Exhibition of the sound objects at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland August 9th – October 15th 2014

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