Our Vision

Our vision is to create a distinct identity for Irish glass. One that expresses our culture, community, and place.

Who are we

The Glass Society of Ireland is a professional all-island, non-profit association that opens a window onto the contemporary Irish Glass Community, both here in Ireland and abroad. The GSOI is a volunteer and member-run organization.

The membership of the GSOI is open to practitioners, educators, artists, curators, collectors, academics, gallerists, enthusiasts and clients of all levels and diversity with a specific interest in glass. Membership is open to the Irish glassmaking diaspora and international artists who have decided to call Ireland home.

Our Aims

  • Highlight excellence in Irish glass; by creating a platform for current activities and hosting events that are relevant to our community in Ireland and internationally. 

  • Increasing the visibility of our craft; through educational programmes, publishing and working with our glass community in Ireland and abroad. 

  • Advocate for our community nationally and internationally; gathering relevant data with which to advocate and inform relevant bodies in future strategic planning for our sector.

  • Facilitate Communication and networking; utilising online and physical platforms to provide networking opportunities for our members. 

  • Increase public appreciation of the quality of work being created in glass in Ireland; through active promotion of exhibitions and events; championing the work of our members. 

  • Develop the international profile of Irish glass by continually building on international partnerships to increase global exchange of knowledge, education and encourage collaboration.