Craft Master

Craft Master

Glass Blowing
Róisín de Buitléar, Aoife May Soden,
Anne Marie Hayes, Sinead Brennan

Episode 1: Glass Blowing

Practice: Glass Blowing
Location: Waterford
Mentor: Róisín de Buitléar

One of Ireland's top artists working in the medium of glass, Róisín de Buitléar gave a master class over seven days to three apprentices. The apprentices were all placed into the challenging and hot environment of a fully functioning Hot Shop in Waterford City - The Irish Glass Company. Each set about realising their design concepts in hot molten glass which is heated to over 1000 degrees. There were several ups and downs as the concepts took many shapes other than their intended form.

Mentor: Róisín de Buitléar
Born in Dublin, Róisín de Buitléar is an artist and educator who since 1983 has been working in the medium of glass. Drawing inspiration from her cultural settings Róisín has completed many site-specific installations of blown and cast work and some of these can be seen in the collections of the; Blasket Island Centre, Dunchaoin, Co. Kerry, National Botanical Gardens Dublin, W5 Belfast, and the Castle Espie Wetland Centre Strangford Lough Northern Ireland.

Guest Judge: Dr. Caroline Madden
Dr. Caroline Madden is an educator and artist who teaches at the National College of Art and Design and serves as Secretary on the Executive Committee, of the Glass Art Society. Caroline has work in the collections of the National Museum of Ireland, the Ulster Museum, Belfast, and completed public works Lyrical Light.

Apprentice Profiles:

Aoife May Soden

Name: Aoife May Soden

Occupation: Mature Student

Location: Dublin




Anne Marie Hayes

Name: Anne Marie Hayes

Occupation: Finance Worker

Location: Dublin/Waterford




Sinead Brennan

Name: Sinead Brennan

Occupation: Student

Location: Dublin/Wexford




Where to study?
The National College of Art & Design -
St. John's Central College -
Muine Bheag Vocational School -
University for Creative Arts (UCA) -
Royal College of Art -
Central St. Martins -

Please consult the CCoI report 'Creative Pathways' (July 2009) which provides an extensive list of providers across all disciplines at or visit

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