Unique contemporary glass art combining creativity, skill and the ancient craft of glassblowing.

Edmond Byrne Metameric Landscape

I’m interested in how our minds interpret emotions – a combination of culture and memory which converge from different areas of the mind. Through mould blowing and colour carving I explore colour, texture and form to make glass vessels that induce an emotional response in each viewer. In a way the blown glass vessels are manifestations of emotions.

I do a lot of drawing. My visual inspiration comes through interpreting the marks, gestures and energy of my drawings into blown glass forms. I’m intrigued by objects that have a resonance from the past. I add patina and cracks to the glass surface to recreate the weathering of Ancient Roman glass. Subconsciously this places my vessels in the past becoming artefacts of the mind.

Edmond Byrne

Edmond Byrne’s new glass vessels carry marks that reflect the moment of their making and their yearning for the past. Here is a balance of the ancient and the present; the remembered and the contemporary. They have an empathy with nature as well as time. Chance and order both have a role to play in the working of the glass and the scrupulous setting out of the final ‘still-life’ tableaux.

Prof. Simon Olding, Crafts Study Centre