'Eye Candy' group

blown Glass, 18x13x13 cm
Photographer, Christopher Martin


Humbug, Blue and Yellow

blown Glass, 23x15x15 cm
Photographer, Christopher Martin


Humbug, Purple

blown Glass, 23x15x15 cm
Photographer, Christopher Martin



Amber, Blown Glass, 200x140x140mm
Photographer, Ivan Scott



Purple, Blown Glass, 160x150x150mm
Photographer, Christopher Martin


Eye Candy

Red and Mint, Blown Glass, 160x140x150mm
Photographer, Christopher Martin


Catherine Keenan

Catherine Keenan produces distinctive brightly coloured blown glass vessels. Her practice is informed by a preoccupation with colour and pattern which she explores through experimentation with a range of techniques, observing the seemingly endless possibilities of each. She is particularly inspired by the liquid nature of the material and the organic development of spherical forms. Keenan was originally attracted to the medium by the physical rhythm of working with glass. As a very immediate art form, glass work requires great dexterity and swift, confident gestures in order to produce elegant, expressive forms. In order to manipulate molten glass at 1100˚C thorough planning and preparation are required, as well as the support of a skilled assistant.

Keenan strives to create pieces that are bold in their simplicity, belying the complexity of their construction. Her recent Eye Candy collection includes a series of patterned vessel forms with vibrant contrasting colour overlays and carved lenses. The Eye Candy pieces come in a range of combinations, including red and mint, and orange and green, blues, yellows and purples.

Keenan studied glass at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and later at the International Glass Centre, West Midlands, UK. She is based at Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart, Co. Down.


Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland
Business to Arts, Dublin
Arts Council, N.Ireland
Ulster Museum
Crafts Council of Ireland and National Museums of Ireland Purchasing scheme.
Lisburn Borough Council

Selected Awards

RDS National Crafts Competition- First Prize Glass
National Craft and Design Fair of Ireland Award
RDS National Crafts Competition -Crafts Council of Ireland Purchase Award
Selected for Craft NI ‘Making It’ 2 year business and studio assistance
Artist’s Access to Art College’s placement at Sunderland University
Anna Cheyne Visual Arts Award
RDS National Crafts Competition Awards: National Crafts and Design Fair of Ireland Award, 2nd Prize Glass
IACI Murial Gahan Scholarship Nominee


Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Recent Works solo exhibition, The University of Ulster, Belfast

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

Black Swan Arts Open Exhibition, Frome, England
PORTFOLIO, RHA Gallery, Dublin
184th Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition, Dublin
Made London Retail Fair, London (also 2013)
Contemporary Glass Society Exhibition, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
PORTFOLIO, Capital Club, Beijing
Craft Trade Fair, Earl’s Court, London
PORTFOLIO, RHA Gallery, Dublin
183rd Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition, Dublin
Making It ’11, Seacourt Print Workshops, Bangorn
ICON, Brown Thomas, Dublin
Hot Glass: New work from the Furnace, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
Perspective: Inspiration Unveiled, Craft Centre, London, UK
131st Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast
Work In Progress, Craft NI Gallery, Belfast
Blown and Thrown, joint exhibition with potter Adam Frew, The Loft Gallery, Down
182nd Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition, RHA Gallery, Dublin
Engaging with Glass: a survey of contemporary Irish glass art, Traver Gallery, Tacoma, USA
Art @ Craft Europe 2012, Koroška Art Gallery, Slovenia
Talente, International Exhibition of Applied Arts, Munich, Germany
Galleri Uggerby, Lonstrup, Denmark
National Crafts Competition, RDS, Dublin
Engaging With Glass, Solstice Centre, Navan, Co. Meath
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Kenny Gallery, Galway; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Inspired by…, Craft and Design Collective Annual Exhibition, Belfast
Royal Ulster Academy’s 128th Annual Exhibition, Belfast
Designers and Makers, F. E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Bloom; Sculptural Crafts, Phoenix Park, Dublin
Next Big Thing, The Red House Glass Cone, Stourbridge, UK


Gallery Representation

Leinster Gallery, Dublin
Space Craft Gallery, Belfast
Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire

Contact Details:

Catherine Keenan
Flowerfield Arts Centre
185 Coleraine Road
Co. Derry

T. +44 (0)78 712 3035