Edmond Byrne

Glass Technician Tutor, UCA Farnham

Technical Staff,

Edmond graduated with a Bachelor of Design in Glass at NCAD, before completing an MA in Glass & Ceramics at RCA. He has also completed a PGC in Creative Arts Education at UCA and a Higher Diploma in Art and Design Education at NCAD.

He specialises in hot-glass processes such as fusion, glass blowing, hot glass sculpting, kiln casting, polishing, sandcasting and slumping.

Considered one of the leading emerging makers of his generation, his work is exhibited at international showcases including Sculptural Object Functional Art, USA and Collect London, Decorex, Art Geneve, and Tresor, Basel.

His work is represented in the UK by Flow Gallery, The New Craftsmen and London Glassblowing Gallery.  His work has been included in seminal exhibitions nationally and internationally including Modern Masters in Munich, Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection in Paris, and British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge, and MAKE: The Nature of Craft, Ruthin Craft Centre. Edmond’s work is in several public and private collections, notably The National Museum of Ireland.

“As Ed Byrne, through his complex processes, makes a consideration of rock or wave-washed surface or ‘earth masses’ he joins in territory explored by other studio glass makers such as Sally Fawkes and Colin Reid. Some vessels are seemingly frozen or powdered or delicately laced by a washed and scrubbed china clay mix that fuses to the surface of the molten glass. This serves to contrast the translucent coloured bases of some vessels, deep like a rock pool, glowing like obsidian… With Ed Byrne, this orchestration has a potent, grounded force, like a gathering of totemic forms assembled for a ritual. It is a poise also shown in British studio glass in the grouped, graded, vertical forms of Rachael Woodman.” (Olding, 2014:6)

Olding, S. (2014) 'Ed Byrne: Glass of Ages' In: Glass of Ages. Farnham: Book Room Etcetera. pp.6–7.

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