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May 4, 2018

I’m still pinching myself even though it’s now a few days after the launch of CAUTION! Fragile the major glass exhibition that comments on the history and social experience of working in the world famous Waterford crystal factory. This exhibition celebrates the skills of cutting and engraving glass in Ireland. In 2009 Waterford Crystal went into receivership, sold off all their equipment and premises and laid off more than 2000 workers. It was a devastating time for the city and for the many families who spent their whole lives in the factory. Determined not to let the closure dictate the fate of Irish glass, I approached three former employees, glass masters Fred Curtis (Irish, born 1955), Greg Sullivan (Irish, born 1957) and Éamonn Hartley (Irish, born 1957), to see if they might be interested in collaborating on a project to create an exhibition, based on iconic objects from the collection of the National Museum in Dublin. I felt that the iconic objects we know from our history book...

February 17, 2018

It’s been a month now since I have moved my studio to the National Museum of Ireland. I’m based at the Decorative Arts Museum, at Collins Barracks in Dublin, which is situated alongside the north side of the river Liffey, facing the Guinness Brewery. It is sandwiched between the small village of Stoneybatter and the huge expanse of Europe’s biggest urban park, The Phoenix Park, which is also home and working residence of Ireland’s President Micheal D Higgins.

Working in this part of the city is a big change for me. Cycling to the studio along the Liffey and closed in by urban buildings has taken a bit of getting used to. My permanent studio is a stones’ throw from the sea and wide expanses of sky. The air smells fresher there. My heated studio at the museum is filled with glorious light, however, with a view onto the central quadrangle of Clarke Square, through which most of the visiting public filter. We have swarms of school kids racing from one side to the other, re-enactments of war...

January 17, 2018

This month I am really looking forward to taking up residency at the National Museum of Ireland as Artist in Residence. It’s an incredible opportunity, and I am very honoured to have been invited. The idea of the residency is a gift of a period of dedicated time to immerse myself in the Museum collection, while having full access to the staff there that are experts in their subject, and from that immersion to draw inspiration to spearhead new work.

This is the first time that the National Museum of Ireland has offered a residency to an artist since it was established in 1877, so I am feeling very fortunate. I love the Museum and have used it for many years as a source of inspiration and archive. It's free to visit and I use it often. With a very diverse practice spanning almost 30 years now, the museum is a great tool for kickstarting new ideas, looking for forms or finding in-depth information about a subject. I’ve worked as a practicing artist since I graduated, choosing to work in gl...

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