Music in Glass Exhibition at the Ark for Tradfest 2018

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Jan 20th 2018 – Feb 10th 2018 The ARK Cultural Centre for Children. Temple Bar, Dublin

We explore sound captured in glass in this beautiful exhibition of work by Irish glass artist Róisín de Buitléar. Part of the TradFest Children’s Hub 2018

Featuring pieces from Róisín’s Irish Incantation/Ortha series, the exhibition features a series of beautiful glass objects that capture the essence of musical sound and pitch in glass form. Some of the sculptures are made to evoke the sound and duration of a musical note, others will remind you of musical instruments that look like they could be played.

In fact while you are visiting the exhibition, you will see a video of them being played by musicians Liam Ó Maonlaí and Peter O’Toole along with hearing Róisín talking about the inspiration for her work.

Alongside the exhibition display will be a fun interactive glass sound exploring area using glass objects found in everyday life that will enable you to try out making your own glass music.

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National Children’s Play Garden – Dublin

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Róisín de Buitléar is the appointed Artist on a new project to develop a National Children’s Garden for Dublin City Council to commemorate the children who died in the 1916 Rising.


The project has been commissioned by DCC parks and the appointment was made through the Dublin City Council Arts dept. Róisín  working in collaboration with DCC, DCYA and Elements of Action on this project.

The location will be St Audoen’s Park in Dublin 8, of which the old Dublin city walls form a framework for the park.

Work on this project will be completed by 2018.

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Mise Éire? Shaping a Nation through Design – Nov 4th-5th National Museum of Decorative Arts & History Collins Barracks

Monday, October 24th, 2016

A conference exploring the expression of collective and national identities in Ireland, through the lens of design and craft.

Taking place at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, this event is part of the 2016 centenary programme and a partnership project between the National Museum of Ireland and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.

Róisín de Buitléar will be presenting the ‘Home’ project and resulting exhibition, made at the Hunt Museum with a group of women travellers from Limerick city. Saturday Nov 5th. 

Friday 4th

9.00-9.30am Registration
9.30am Welcome Remarks

Raghnall Ó Floinn, Director, National Museum of Ireland; Karen Hennessy, CEO, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland

9.45am Panel 1: Remembering 1916

How design and craft addressed and reflected issues of cultural nationalism and identity.



11.10am Panel 2: The role of the state

How national museums reflect identities through material culture and official collections

12.10pm Keynote Address‘La maladie de porcelaine: Travels with the Fonthill Vase.’


Lunch and book signing by Edmund de Waal

2.30pm Panel 3: Designing the futureHow contemporary designers and craftspeople in Ireland regard issues of national identities and the role that global influences may play, now and into the future.

3.40pm Break
4.00pm The Shuttle Hive: A Century of Rising Threads

4.45pm Conference Rapporteur: Concluding Remarks – day 1

5.45pm–7.30pm Reception and exhibition openingThe Shuttle Hive: A Century of Rising Threads
9.00-9.25am Registration
9.25am Keynote Address‘Design, Cultural Practice and Identity in Everyday Life.’

10.15am New Research Papers: Part 1A selection of new papers from researchers, practitioners and graduates that address various themes within the conference.Dr. Claudia Kinmouth – The Sligo Chair revisited: Ancestry & Evolution, an interdisciplinary approach.Dr. Sorcha O’Brien – Shining, Clean Machines: The Promotion of Vacuum Cleaners in 1950s  and 1960s Ireland.Rachel Botha – Mother Ireland’s Facelift.Tom Spalding – Changing Places: Name Changes and Placenames in Cork and other cities.
11.30am Break
11.50am Panel 4: Objects and the meaning of thingsHow cultural diversity, globalisation and the appropriation of cultural signs, has affected/influenced national and collective identities.

12.50pm New Research Papers: Part 2A selection of new papers from researchers, practitioners and graduates that address various themes within the conference.Mary Ann Bolger – “Ritual strangulation with regurgitated interlacing:” reimagining the Celtic in modern Irish design.David Smith – Embracing Cliché: The influence of Kerbstone 52 in the visual identity of Year of Irish Design 2015 – a project study.Bernard Timmins – Historical-creativity inspiring the Co-Creation of Present and Future Design.Dr. P.J. White – Irish Designers as Future Change Agents.
2.00pm Conference Rapporteur: Concluding Remarks

2.30pm Conference Conclusion

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Hybrid – Limerick Lace|Liminal Identity – Conference October 28th 2016

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Limerick Lace ¦ Liminal Identity

From 24 October to 4 November 2016 in Limerick City

Hybrid: the identity of liminal lace

Lace and textile are the product of multiple cultural, social and political influences. Limerick lace is the perfect example of this cross-pollination that with time has become part of the identity of Limerick city. The Hybrid Conference and Exhibition and Workshops will address the role of multiple influences in the creation of contemporary lace inspired work.

Hybrid will address the role of lace and its social-economic history and how this once pure entity is continuously transforming and recombining in its use of materials, execution and consumption. The liminal space exists between tradition and new practice; it is an area where different rules apply and the creativity of multiple influences generates a new identity, and this is Hybrid.

28 October 2016 – 9.00am to 4.30pm

City Hall, Merchants Quay, Limerick.

Lace and textile are the product of multiple cultural, social and political influences. Limerick lace is the perfect example of this cross-pollination that with time has become part of the identity of Limerick city.

Speakers include textile artists, lace makers, lace historians and curators. Experts from other great lace centres in Nottingham and Calais will address the heritage and future of lace and what it means to contemporary society.

Lunch will be provided. Two workshops with limited spaces will also be held. These are free but must be booked separately.

Lace as a Delicious Enigma’, 2:00 – 5:00 (limited to 10 places)

Class by: Róisín de Buitléar: is Irelands best known glass artist and educator

Lace as adornment, is a rich source for contemporary practice. Chaotic or structured, organic or inorganic, revealing and concealing, fragile and robust, masculine or feminine.. lace can be about how we live.

This workshop is an investigative project examining how lace can be used to reinterpret objects and explore the potential of lace as a source for construction and adornment.

Participants will work on developing sketch ideas in 2 and 3D,  in various materials with a view to creating a series of proposals for objects to be realised in a variety of materials and scale.

A basis in design is an advantage to participating in this workshop. Workshop is open to: designers of all disciplines, students, and practicing artists working in 3 dimensions. No prior knowledge of lace is necessary but lace experts will be welcomed.

To book this workshop email

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Opening of Ornamentation at Solstice Navan February 5th 2015

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

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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.  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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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 Ireland. The imagery is a narrative of human experience and historical change at a specific time and place. Language, music and land as symbolic repositories of culture are also embraced in this work. ‘CAUTION! Fragile’ not only refers to the delicate nature of glass but is also an appeal to cherish and respect the long tradition of glass engraving and cutting in Ireland

'St Patricks Bell'  Dim 34 x18 x12cm  Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis. Blown glass, carved glass inclusion

'St Patricks Bell' Dim 34 x18 x12cm Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis. Blown glass, carved glass inclusion

Steed, 87 x 13 x10 cm Glass sword - Sand cast, cut.  Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis.
Steed, 87 x 13 x10 cm Glass sword – Sand cast, cut. Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis.



Call from the Valley - sound piece Dim 43 x106 x 20 cm Blown glass, cut Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis

Call from the Valley - sound piece Dim 43 x106 x 20 cm'St Patricks Bell' Dim 34 x18 x12cm Róisín de Buitléar, Fred Curtis. Blown glass, carved glass inclusion

The closure of the Waterford glass factory in 2009 was devastating for the city and a challenge for the continued survival of Irish glass. Hundreds of glassmakers were laid off, heralding the end of an era of large-scale industrial glass making in Ireland.

Determined not to let the closure dictate the fate of Irish artist Róisín de Buitléar approached three former employees, Glass Masters, Fred Curtis, Greg Sullivan and Eamonn Hartley, about collaborating on a project to create a new body of work based on expressions of their own experiences. Iconic objects from the collection of The National Museum in Dublin, and the Irish landscape provided the inspiration to make a series of pieces that were personal narratives, working under their own names in their own studios. By working together, the four artists hope to create a new path forward for Irish glass.

Included in the exhibition of 35 pieces of blown, cut, and engraved works are a series of glass instruments with which musician Liam Ó Maonlaoí, has created an Irish incantation — a harmony of voice, object and soul. These recordings of original compositions are grounded in the traditional Irish music and Sean Nós style of singing, an ancient and highly ornamented style with links and similarities to other world music. Also included are oral history recording from glass workers, recounting what life was like manufacturing crystal in Waterford and its impact on their personal lives.

Initiated and organised by Róisin de Buitléar. There is a 64 page full-colour catalogue available to accompany this exhibition. Photography by Philip Lauterbach, Design by Red White Green(e)


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Future Beauty? Exhibition National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Now showing in Farmleigh

Phoenix PArk


Until September 29th 2013

Transience Series

Transience Series




Future Beauty?  is an exhibition of everyday and extraordinary objects – pots, jewels, sculpture and furniture – designed and made in twenty six independent Irish studios in the past year.   Future Beauty is a rare collision of materials, technologies and cultural influences, all linked by the experience of intelligent making.  The show invites one to consider the current shape of art and design in Ireland, and, to consider the ways in which the thinking and the objects from these makers may influence our understanding of art and design in the future.
‘The handmade is an effort to add something… to contribute something….. it is one possibility to charge something in art…it doesn’t mean a better possibility – just a different one…but it is a possibility that is deeply human.’  Dorothea Pruhl.

Future Beauty is curated by UK based independent curator and writer on craft and design, Amanda Game.  For 21 years Amanda ran the applied arts department of the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.   She is currently undertaking doctoral research at the RCA in London on the role and impact of exhibition making as a way of communicating tacit values.
The twenty six participating studios were originally selected as part of the Irish Craft Portfolio critical selection process initiated and organised by the Crafts Council of Ireland in January 2012.

Photography – Philip Lauterbach






Transience Series - Golden

Transience Series - Golden

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RHA: Irish Craft Portfolio Exhibition November 29th – 3rd December 2012

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Vedrarfjiordr –Longship

Vedrarfjiordr –Longship

RHA gallery, Ely Place, Dublin

opening night :Thursday 29th November

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Thursday, August 30th, 2012

 Bornholm Art Museum Bornholm Denmark.
Sep. 15th – Nov. 18th 2012

An extensive exhibition showing the work of 2 glass artists from 30 European countries. The work of 95 artists will be presented in the exhibitions. The exhibition category European Glass Art for work made by professional, established artists within the field of glass art was selected by an international jury.


New work by Róisín de Buitléar

Honor, Defend, Attack!

Honor, Defend, Attack!

Spear heads from Vedrarfjiordr, the Viking city of Waterford – Irelands oldest city, once famous for its cut crystal products. With glass factories closed, thousands of hands no longer make use of their skills. The future of glass manufacturing in the Viking city is under siege.


Vedrarfjiordr –Longship

Vedrarfjiordr –Longship


Blown, cut, diamond point engraved.

This piece speaks of the vulnerability of my craft and the balance of its future through use of light, form, and poetry of line.Vedrarfjiordr – the Viking name for Waterford, Irelands oldest city, world famous for its cut crystal products. In 2009 thousands of glassmakers lost their jobs when the factory closed, bringing the city and Irelands glass-manufacturing heritage to a critical crossroads.

Dimensions vary 260 Diameter 260mm x H140

Photo Credit Philip Lauterbach


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