2019 -2020

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European Museum of Modern Glass 

8 May - 8 November 2020


Coburg Germany 

In a special exhibition, the European Museum of Modern Glass will show current works by more than 40 glass engravers in Europe who have joined together to form the Glass Engraving Network. It will present the entire bandwidth of cold-working techniques, revealing a completely new and innovative approach to one of the oldest decorative processes. The result is inspired, high-quality and conceptually sophisticated vessels, objects, sculptures and installations that document the recent upswing in glass engraving.

At the end of the exhibition, a demonstration of various engraving techniques will take place on November 7 and 8, 2020 in the studio of the European Museum of Modern Glass in Rödental with numerous participants in the exhibition.

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National Craft gallery 

12 MArch - Autumn 2020

National Craft Gallery

Kilkenny city


'Previous generations of makers within my family have given me an appreciation of what we have around us, how we can use our own resources and how much we can learn from the past to understand the present; these are essential ingredients in my inherited skillset'


Above one of the many notebooks Éamon de Buitléar kept of arrangements and notes of interest during the formative years of the band Ceoltoirí Chualann which he formed with Séan Ó Riada in 1960's

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Lift - Sound object

This exhibition invites us to consider the unique perspective of a group of designer-makers who are custodians of a familial tradition of making and creativity, continuing and/or reinventing the work

begun by previous generations of their family.

'Róisín de Buitléar has taken advantage of the resonance of glass to make sculptural objects that double as instruments, having them performed in ensemble conditions. These works are an unimprovable metaphor for craft's place in Ireland, nurtured by a rich established culture, yet always opening up to new possibilities'


Glen Adamson Scholar Yale Centre for British Art, curator and Writer. 




ISLANDERS - When darkness falls, is a collaborative borderless artwork by Island artists that straddles giant continents and powers, and encompasses wider world thinking from a basis of small singular actions. A Live Event – Unique to place and culture


A light projection artwork particular to a location, creating a gathering of community, sharing culture, language, geography, craft, tradition, and innovation



ISLANDERS aims to create a worldwide community base of Island artists working with GLASS by giving global visibility to a heretofore, unmapped island community. Working from individual perspectives to make a collaborative project, ISLANDERS maps how without borders or prejudice, positive gestures can result in supporting each other. The project invites discussion around how living on an island can inspire and influence artwork, business and community. Through this it examines how independence and dependence, affects communities to drive change, create identities and build on connections with other island nations.


Róisín de Buitléar has collaborated with artists from Islands around the world using original artworks created on miniature glass slides. Over 50 artists from 20 different Islands have contributed to the project. Taking old technology of vintage magic lanterns and combining new technology of digital projection this project is an exciting development in an on going interest in projected light and shadow. Engraving, painting, laminating, applique, or transparent decal are some of the ways images have been manipulated to create projectable imagery in glass. The collaborative imagery, particular location and projection will culminate in making the ISLANDERS a unique artwork in multiple venues.



Islanders Participating Islands and artists



Róisín de Buitléar; Sinéad Brennan; Emma Bourke; Michelle O Donnell; Karen Donnellan; Peadar Lamb; Debbie Dawson; Aoife Soden; Jenny Mulligan; Greg Sullivan; Fred Curtis; Peter Young; Emer O Donnell; Marie O Rourke; Sophie Longwill; Laura Ní Chuin; Paula Stokes; James Earley Andrea Spencer; Alison Lowry; Meadhbh Mc Ilgorm


Great Britain

Katharine Colman; Nancy Sutcliffe; Cathryn Shilling; Fiaz Elson; Bernie Stevenson

Alison Kinnard; Siobhán Healy


Belle Isle - France:

Laurianne Blanchard; Regis Anchuelo



Lopez Island:

Kelly O Dell; Raven Skyriver; Wren Skyriver;

Marthas Vineyard:

Wil Eldridge Sideman

Whidbey Island:

Jason Christian; Katrina Hude; Keke Cribbs

Soneva Fushi - Maldives:

Erin Barr




Shunji Omura; Rui Sasaki  

Japan, Sado:

Minami Oya


New Zealand:

Elizabeth McClure




Nico Barbini; Amy West; Matteo Seguso;

Sardinia- Italy:

Pino Cerchi


Faroes - Denmark:

Brandur Patturson



Sigríður Ásgeirsdóttir; Brynhildur Þorgeirsdóttir



Margerita Pule


Korea: South Korea Choi Keeryong


Kinali Island - Turkey:

Aysem Ötük


Java -Indonesia:

Patricia Untario


Vänoxa- Finland:

Jarl Hohenthal


Tromsø- Norway:

Silja Skoglund


8th September - 15th November

#Murano We’ve arrived. Peaceful quiet an

Fragile Correspondance

Engraved Glass

Amy West &

Róisín de Buitléar

AWD Studio presents "Fragile Correspondence", an exhibition of engraved glass communication between Róisín de Buitléar in Ireland, and Amy West in Italy, created especially for The Venice Glass Week 2019.


Two artists united by their passion for glass engraving and the incised line, this ongoing dialog explores the importance of making time to communicate, using glass engraving as their common language. In the exhibition, visitors can see individual and collaborative artwork in glass and paper, the application of various engraving techniques and tools, and the process of printing from engraved plates.



The exhibition will be opened until 15th November 2019, only upon appointment.


The inauguration of this exhibition will take place on Sunday 8th September, at the same venue.



Venue{ Amy West Design Studio

Fondamenta Lorenzo Radi 25 3401 Murano

Venice Italy

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Homo Faber

14th - 30 Sept

venue: The Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

Crafting a more human future

Homo Faber is an inspiring exhibition of European craftsmanship, an international cultural event to showcase fine contemporary, traditional and rare craftsmanship and its link to the world of creativity and design.Homo Faber covers a wide range of materials and disciplines and celebrates the human spirit and talent of the creators.
Hundreds of exceptional works created by some 150 artist-artisans from all over Europe will be on display in Venice this September in the Homo Faber exhibit Best of Europe, stunningly displayed in a room envisioned and designed by renowned Italian architect Stefano Boeri. Róisín de Buitléar has been selected to exhibit three works in this exceptional show. 

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We explore sound captured in glass in this beautiful exhibition of work by Irish glass artist Róisín de Buitléar, which forms 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.

venue: The ARK Cultural Centre for Children. Temple Bar, Dublin.

directions and opening hours available here:


Glass Sounds image
The Ark Temple Bar Exhibition Piece
Glass sculpture exhibition piece
Roisin de Buitlear glass piece