Fractured Landscape


Today I'm Standing Still


Over my Dead Body

Debbie Dawson I Am Not Magnificent - II

I Am Not Magnificent – II

Stained Glass

Debbie Dawson I Am Not Magnificent - III

I Am Not Magnificent – III

Stained Glass

Debbie Dawson Not Hanging but Sleeping 2012

Not Hanging But Sleeping

Stained Glass

Debbie Dawson Not Hanging but Drowning 2012

Not Hanging But Drowning

Stained Glass


Debbie Dawson

Debbie Dawson creates expressive and experimental pieces in stained glass.  She explores social and philosophical constructs of the self and ways of positioning oneself in the world with the intention of posing certain questions to the viewer. Dawson’s practice strives to depict a material realisation of inner dialogue. Autobiographical details are edited and filtered through the creative process, and memory – however faulty or fragmented – is the means by which an understanding of ‘self’ starts to emerge. Images begin to surface in the work, sometimes unbidden, to be investigated or left dormant until needed.

Although stained glass techniques have changed little since medieval times, Dawson’s process aims to free the medium from its ecclesiastical confines and give it a contemporary context through experimentation with painting and etching processes. She uses acid to etch away the surface colour of the glass, revealing another colour underneath and creates layers which enhance the ethereal quality of the image. Her work aims to share intimate feelings with the viewer while remaining ambiguous, charting the terrain of an interior life and imagination.

Dawson studied Painting and Stained Glass at Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork where she now lectures in glass.


National Museum of Ireland
Cork County Council

Selected Awards

DCCoI External Exhibition Fund
Cork City Council Bursary
Twinning Grant
Culture Ireland Travel Award

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions and Fairs
Disquietude Solo show of glass works and paintings, Doswell Gallery
Ireland Glass BiennialNCAD, Dublin
Residency Revisited, Lavit Gallery
European Glass Context, Bornholm, Denmark
SOLAS GSoI members show, NCAD Gallery, Dublin,
Hunt Museum, Greyfriars, Wandesford Quay Gallery,
The Work of the Glass maker,Cill Rialaig Arts Centre,
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
‘The Cold Light of Day Solo show, Shengling Gallery, Shanghai

Illuminate, Kenny Gallery, Galway
Engaging with Glass, Solstice Art Centre, Navan, Meath
Irish Wave 2, National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing, China
Through the Looking Glass, Cill Rialaig, Kerry
On the Edge, Cheltenham Art Gallery, UK; The Gatehouse, Torquay, UK; National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Wales; Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Mayo; Triskel Arts Centre, Cork; Garter Lane, Waterford; National Botanic Gardens, Dublin; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
The Light Fantastic, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Coral Springs, Florida, USA; Hollins University, Virginia, USA


Contact Details:

Debbie Dawson
1 St. Joseph's Place
Blackrock Road

T. +353 (0)86 3643460
E. info@debbiedawsonstainedglass.com