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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

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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Performance with Liam O Maonlaoí at Museum of Glass Tacoma Washington in association with Irish Department of Foreign Affairs

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

On 22nd March as part of the Irish festival in Seattle we had a performance at the Museum of Glass Tacoma during the Ceilí Mór event. www.museumofglass.org  Liam played the yop yop and sang simultaneously .. talented indeed.. more to come at Kikenny Arts festival this year.. August 2014

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RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra play my glass pieces Live on radio – Culture File RTELyricFM

Monday, March 31st, 2014

In a live edition of Culture File, click here to hear the podcast: Róisín de Buitléar plays on glass pieces with NSO percussionists March 28th 2014    

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Interlace Exhibition – Ireland 28th March – 7th May

Friday, March 28th, 2014

INTERLACE 28 MARCH 2014 – 7 MAY 2014 Interlace focuses on contemporary interpretations of lace. The concept of the show developed by the National Craft Gallery is to explore how traditional material culture creates a resonant source for contemporary practice. This is one of a series of exhibitions to take traditional or vernacular practice as [...]

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Irish Minister for the Arts Dinny Mc Ginley visits CAUTION! fragile at Museum of Glass Tacoma

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Junior Minister for the Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Dinny mc Ginley comes to Museum of Glass in Tacoma to see Caution Fragile and really understand the potential for this kind of facility in Ireland -

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CONFERENCE: Contemporary Craft: Curating | Collecting | Criticial Writing

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

  Sat 1 Mar, Registration 10.15am, Conference 10.45am – 4.45pm |  National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History in partnership with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, the National Craft Galleryand the National College of Art and Design, will host a one day conference examining critical concerns around contemporary craft. This conference [...]

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Ulysses Cylinders by Dale Chihuly and Seaver Leslie, with Flora C.Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

June 2014 – An exhibition of Glass inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses is having its world premier in Dublin, Ireland. Opening on June 19th at Dublin Castle, this beautiful exhibition intend to open portals into the famous Dublin novel in a visual and accessible way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlpvAdqK5wY The exhibition will run until August 23rd 2014  

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‘Material World’ Loftooo Art space, M50 Shanghai, China opens March 15th

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

  ‘MATERIAL WORLD’ ‘Material World’ is part of the Irish Wave series of exhibitions curated by Fion Gunn. Irish, Taiwanese, French and Chinese artists explore physical, sensory & emotional responses to their lives and ideas. Situated in the art district of Moganshan, Loftoo Art Space is a private contemporary gallery for all media. Working in a [...]

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A new exhibition: Taste, contemporary craft, Geneva, Switzerland

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Taste  Blondeau & Cie  5, Rue de la Muse, Geneva,  Tuesday January 28 - Tuesday February 11, 2014, private view 28th January Conceived and curated by Monique Deul. Art Direction by Brian Kennedy TASTE Contemporary Craft, is a curated exhibition featuring the work of twenty six international artists, including Róisín de Buitléar Irl, Richard Mietner USA, Monica [...]

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CAUTION! Fragile. Irish Glass -Tradition in Transition at Museum of Glass Tacoma Washington USA November 9th 2013 – September 30th 2014

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

In collaboration with Róisin de Buitléar, Fred Curtis, Eamonn Hartley, and Greg Sullivan, three masters of glass cutting and engraving from Waterford Ireland create an exhibition; CAUTION! Fragile, Irish glass – Tradition in Transition  Collectively considered, the work comments on the history and social experience of working in the Waterford Crystal factory and living in [...]

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