alison lowry. large gilded vessel-detail


Pate de verre, handblown glass, 28 x 20 x 20cm
Photographer, Glenn Norwood

'Jewels' Alowry16


Pate de verre, handblown glass, 28 x 20 x 20cm
Photographer, Glenn Norwood

'Sapphire' Alowry16


Pate de verre, handblown glass, 28 x 20 x 20cm
Photographer, Glenn Norwood


'Sanskit Vessels', 2014

pate de verre, knitted fine silver, 13 x 80 x 10cm
Photographer, Christopher Martin


One in Nine

Cast glass, screen printed enamels, 200 x 100 x 25mm,
Photographer, Glen Norwood


Alison Lowry

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-2018

Originally from a textile background, Alison Lowry won ‘The Warm Glass Prize’, a UK national competition, in 2009 and was awarded a place on a masterclass with Deborah Horrell an American glass artist who specialised in pâte de verre. This technique subsequently became the focus of her career.

Pâte de verre is an ancient glass casting technique involving using crushed glass packed tightly into hand built moulds. After two firings in the kiln the mould is broken away and discarded leaving a thin walled vessel. Lowry has refined the technique further by then polishing the outer wall of the vessel to reveal its complex structure. She works with reactive glasses which change colour during the firing producing a pattern on the vessel not unlike terrazzo or granite.

During a recent residency she worked alongside glass blowers to produce bases, elaborate lids and glass inserts, which create inner spaces within the vessel.

Lowry graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Ulster in 2009. Working out of her studio in Co. Down, she regularly works to commission and has taught master classes, nationally and internationally.


Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Chinese State Councillor of the People's Republic, Permanent Collection
Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark
Europol Headquarters, The Hague, The Netherlands
Gangtai Art Museum of Shanghai Gang Tai Cultural Development Company, China
Lisburn and Castlereagh Council, Belfast
National Museum of Ireland
Office of Public Works, Ireland
Tower Museum, Derry
University of Ulster, Belfast
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

RDS Craft Competition, 2nd place in Glass Category
Friends of Northlands Financial Assistance, Northlands Creative Glass, Scotland
Support for the Individual Artist, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Craft NI’s ‘Making It 2011’ programme participant
Future Makers 2011 Studio Assistance grant
Craft Council of Ireland’s, Winner of Warm Glass Prize Bullseye category
RUA Perpetual Silver Medal for best work by non member of the Academy
External Exhibition Fund, Craft Council of Ireland
Personal Development fund, Craft Council of Ireland
Support for the Individual Artist, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The Stanislav Libensky Award, Queen Annes Palace, Prague Castle, Winner of Warm Glass Prize
First place in glass category at RDS National Craft Competition
Winner of Glass Society of Ireland’s Award
Deans Prize, University of Ulster
Placed on Deans List, University of Ulster


Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

(A) dress, Millennium Arts Centre, Portadown, Armagh
To Contain: An exploration of the vessel, Framewerk, Belfast
Contained, S12 Glass Gallery and Workshop, Bergen, Norway
A place for everything/Everything in its place, Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark


Group Exhibitions and Fairs

Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge, UK
Emerge/Evolve, Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle; Pittsburgh
Glass Centre and Bullseye Resource Centre, Bay Area, USA
European Glass Context: Curated Exhibition, Bornholm, Denmark
Black to White and Back Again, London Glass Blowing, London
A Flash of Brilliance, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Derry
Glass Now, The Craft Centre & Design Gallery, Leeds, UK
Glass in Focus, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Dungeagan, Kerry
Emerge 16, Bullseye Projects, Portland, USA
Bravura, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford
Solas, travelling show by the Glass Society of Ireland: NCAD Gallery, Dublin; The Hunt Museum, Limerick; Greyfriars Gallery, Waterford; CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork
Made London, London, UK
Four Corners of Craft, London Design Festival, UK
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Glass, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
London Irish Art, Westminster Central Hall, London, UK
Horse, Void, Derry
Handmade in Britain, Chelsea, London, UK
Body Talk, Glazhaus, Belgium
Materials, Messages and Meanings, RSpace, Lisburn, Co. Down
Body Talk, Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark
Irish Wave, Creative Mall, Shanghai, China
New Glass – Old Skills, Broadfield House Glass Museum, Dudley, UK
Handmade in Britain, Chelsea, London, UK
Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Irish Sculpture Awards, Mill Cove Gallery, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Young and Loving +1, Galleri Format, Bergen, Norway
Engaging with Glass, Travers Gallery, Tacoma, USA
Elements, Shengling Gallery, Shanghai, China
Young and Loving, S12 Gallery, Bergen, Norway.
Stanislav Libenský Award, Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Engaging with Glass, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Meath
Contemporary Glass Exhibition, Belfry Arts Centre, Norfolk, UK
RUA Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast
Inspired By…, SpaceCRAFT, Belfast
Designers and Makers, FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge, Down


Gallery Representation

SpaceCRAFT, Belfast

Contact Details:

Alison Lowry
186 Sicily Park
Co. Antrim
BT10 0AQ

T. +44 77 47033454