Tuesday 24 January 2012

Catherine Keenan: new artist in residence

Glass Artist Catherine Keenan has begun a 2 year residency at Flowerfield through Craft NI's 'Making It' scheme.  Other artists to join Flowerfield through the scheme have been Adam Frew, pottery and Pia Raeymaekers, glass.
Catherine Keenan graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with a BDes in Craft Design:Glass in 2006. She then went on to study at the International Glass Centre, West Midlands, specialising in glass blowing and cold decoration and carving.

“I seek to generate positive emotions with my work, to give solace and uplift. Colour and pattern are so attractive to me as they have a direct way of creating an instinctual response.

Glass blowing is such an immediate process, it requires great dexterity and swift, confident gestures to create sublime forms. For me, a major draw to the medium is the great breadth of different techniques, the high level of skill needed to refine these techniques and the seemingly endless possibility for new creations.”

Her blown glass work ranges from sculptural objects and functional vessels to installations comprised of blown glass components.  She also makes a range of lampwork jewellery, and will be regularly taking bead making classes at the centre.

Film of Catherine blowing glass


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