We hope that all out members had a wonderful 2012 and we would would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support throughout the year. We hope that 2013 will be a great year for glass!
We have recently had a change of staff and would like to introduce you to the new team:
CHAIR PERSON: Debbie DawsonDebbie has been working in stained glass for over 20 years. Her work is held in both public and private collections. She is passionate about glass and has worked as a curator and an educator. We are delighted to have her as our new chair for 2013.http://www.debbiedawsonstainedglass.com/
VICE CHAIR: Deirdre RogersDeirdre has worked with both Cavan Crystal and Waterford Crystal while building up a wide and varied portfolio. She set up her own contemporary glass studio in 1996 under the name Various Vessels. She now works under her own name and has received many awards for her work and has exhibited throughout Ireland and abroad.http://www.deirdrerogers.com/
TREASURER: Gerlinde KuglerGerlinde is located in the Garden of Ireland in Co. Wicklow. She is a glass artist whos work incorporates colour, light, texture and where possible smell and sound. As well as making her own work she runs a series of workshops sharing her skills with others.http://www.gerlinde.ie
EDUCATION OFFICER: Dr. Caroline MaddenDr. Caroline Madden is an educator/artist who teaches at the National College of Art and Design and serves on the Executive Committee of the Glass Art Society. Madden received a PhD in Educational Leadership from Barry University, Florida (2010); an MFA in 3D Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston (1992) and a BA (Hons.) in 3D Design from Stourbridge College of Technology (1987). She was Professor of Art at Jacksonville University (1992-2007) where she co-founded and directed the Glass Institute of the Southeast (1997-2000); directed the Governors High School Summer Program for Gifted and High Achieving Students (2001, 2003); mentored students presenting at the annual National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Madden has work in the collections of the National Museum of Ireland, the Ulster Museum, Belfast, and completed public works Lyrical Lighthttp://www.glassart.org/CarolineMadden.htmlhttp://www.culturalcouncil.org/gallery/lyrical-light
EDUCATION OFFICER: Emma BourkeEmma graduated with Honours from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and where she learned the techniques of glassblowing and hot sculpting. Self-taught in the technique of flameworking, she was able to translate these previously acquired skills to create work on the torch. Through extensive research and through trial and error she has taught herself how to create intricate flameworked flowers such as snow drops and daisies. The transparency of clear glass is intentionally maintained in order to heighten the ambiguity of an organic ecosystem. Adding a little colour to some petals allows each piece to become characteristically unique like the environment which inspires its conception.http://www.emmabourke.com/
MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER: Fiona ByrneFiona studied Glass and Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She then went to work for the development director at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden. Following this she worked as a studio assistant at Glasstorm Contemporary Glass Studio in Tain, Scotland. During her time in Scotland she was awarded a Talent Scotland graduate placement, Friends of Northlands Funding to partake in a NCG master class in surface treatments and Contemporary Glass Society funding to attend the NCG conference. She has her own glass jewellery range called fifi loves jewellery. Currently she is studying for a MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy at UCD.http://www.risecreatives.com/fionabyrne/index.aspxhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Fi-Fi-Loves-Jewellery/105337326212813
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER: Emer LynchEmer Lynch graduated with Honours in Glass and History of Art and Design from the National College of and is currently a Masters in Visual Arts Practices candidate at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Dun Laoighre. She completed an International Student Exchange Programme at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008. Lynch was awarded a prestigious Leonardo Programme Placement at Derix Glas Studios, Germany, in 2009, was Artist in Residence at the University of Sunderland in 2011 and is currently Artist in Residence at NCAD.http://www.facebook.com/Emer.Lynch.Glasshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfggRjI4xpA
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER: Anike Tyrrell Anike is CEO of Waterford County Enterprise Board and her work involves daily commitment to both enterprise development and creating a positiveenvironment for the creation of new business in the region. As such she has been actively championing the revitalization of the glass making industry in the area with a number of strong projects on the go. With just a few makers still active in the industry and the last blower of crystal glass operating on a part time basis, great focus is required both from Government agencies and local interests to ensure this extraordinary heritage is not lost.http://www.enterpriseboard.ie/aboutus.shtml
STUDENT REP DUBLIN:Meadhbh McIlgorm is a final year glass student at NCAD. She likes glass and likes talking and think we should all talk more about glass! Also she deeply wishes more students of NCAD would embrace glass as a medium and is doing her up most to promote the material within the college.
STUDENT REP CORK:Róisín lives and works in Cork. She is in her third year of a Fine Art degree at the Crawford College. Her interest is in the development of artistic practice through sculpture with glass and mixed materials. Róisín enjoys classic rock and sci-fi novels in her spare time.www.roisinfoley.wordpress.com