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Episode 4: Wood Turning

Practice: Wood
Location: Borris County Carlow
Mentor: Glenn Lucas

Glenn Lucas, reputably one of the fastest bowl turners in the world, gave a master class in wood over seven-days from his County Carlow studio. The apprentices had to come up with their own design and then went to a local tree surgeon's yard to select the wood for their end piece from naturally fallen timber.

Mentor Profile
Glenn Lucas is a production turner from Co Carlow and has been woodturning for over twenty years. Specialising in functional ware such as salad bowls and platters he has also participated in many national and international exhibitions with artistic work. Glenn has gained an international reputation for his unique approach to bowl production. Highly efficient at the lathe he produces large quantities of bowls and platters each year for high end retail outlets. Glenn is invited annually to teach and demonstrate woodturning skills at major events and craft schools around the world.

Guest Judge Profile
Liam Flynn has been making wood vessels in his Co. Limerick studio for 25 years. His work has evolved over the course of his career from smaller explorations of open vessels to his current work exploring volume, shape and line. His works are a regular feature on the international circuit marking him as one of the most accomplished wood turners of recent times. His elegant and refined wood pieces express the delicacy and intimacy found in the nature of working in wood. He has had solo exhibitions in London, Paris and Edinburgh and his work is represented at some of the most respected woodturning galleries worldwide. His work is featured in numerous private and public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin; the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; the Woodturning Centre, Philadelphia and the Department of Foreign Affairs Collection, Dublin. Flynn was the winner of the inaugural Crafts Council of Ireland Irish Craft Bursary in 2005.


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Apprentice Profile


Name: Chris Lawlor

Occupation: Cabinet Maker

Location: Dublin

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Name: Irene Christie

Occupation: Works in the Irish Legal System

Location: Antrim/Kildare


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Name: Richard Auler

Occupation: Organic Farmer

Location: Germany/Tipperary



Where to study?
The National College of Art & Design - | Galway, Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) - | Limerick Institute of Technology - School of Art & Design - | St. John's Central College - | Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa CFE -

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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