Untitled (Imrpint)

blown glass, light, 100x200x60cm
Photographer, Philip Lauterbach


Untitled (Scry)

glass, 5x5x5cm, 3x3x3cm, 1.5x1.5x1.5cm
Photographer, Philip Lauterbach


Untitled (Evocation)

glass, moon gold, light, 18x18x15cm
Photographer, Philip Lauterbach


Working Through

Cast glass, cast iron, cast wax, cast paper, turned wood, gold leaf,
dimensions variable, each component 580mm tall,
Photographer, Will Styer


Twenty One Days

Cast glass, 3040mm dia, each component 570mm long,
Photographer, Will Styer


Present Moment Reminder

Cast glass, wood, dimensons variable,
Photographer, Will Styer


Present Moment Reminder, Detail

Cast glass, wood, dimensons variable,
Photographer, Will Styer



Cast Glass, 1010x150mm,
Photographer, Will Styer


Karen Donnellan

Karen Donnellan makes sculptural objects in glass that reflect her interest in the concept of chi, or energy flow, and its potential for healing. The circle, understood as a symbol of perfection, divinity and enlightenment, is a key reference point in Donnellan’s work. She is especially interested in the circle as it appears in the Zen eñso, the ‘Flower of Life,’ and in Tibetan sand mandalas. Donnellan cites the writings of Alex Grey and Agnes Martin, the cultural heritage of Ireland, and the practices of Reiki and meditation as key influences on her work.

Much of Donnellan’s recent work derives from a single vortex-shaped wooden form, based on the auric field. Her method is intuitive and meditative, treating the repetitive nature of the work as a mantra. In this way, she aims at the harmonious integration of process and product, in order to imbue the work with healing energies. In the repeated practice of visually and materially transforming the vortex object, Donnellan sees a metaphor for the perpetual motion of universal energy.

Karen Donnellan graduated with a BDes from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2009 and gained an MFA in glass from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York in 2011. She is now based in Edinburgh.


Murano Museum of Glass, Murano, Italy
2013 St. Georges Convent Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Morrison Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
National Museum of Ireland
Wallace Memorial Library Collection, Rochester, USA
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Dean’s Collection, Rochester, USA

Selected Awards

2012 Future Makers Residencies Grant, Craft Council of Ireland
2011 Langley Kenzie Endowment Award, Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, USA, Wallace Center Purchase Prize, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, School for American Crafts Alumni Award, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
2010 Tommy McLoughlin Memorial Award, Cavan County Council
2009 Leonardo Da Vinci European Union Vocational Training Programme, grant recipient, EU

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Cercle, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2012 Essentia, Sylvia L. Rosen Gallery, Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, USA
2010 O, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery Kunstler, Rochester, USA


Group Exhibitions and Fairs

Glass in the 21st Century, University Gallery, Salisbury University, Maryland
           Captured Light, Art Association of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
              The Next 50, A Studio Glass Movement Continuum, Tower Fine Arts Gallery, State University of New York, Brockport, NY
Vase Vessel Void, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Pilchuck Emerging Artist Exhibition, Method Gallery, Seattle, WA
Innovation, Schack Arts Center, Everett, WA, USA
European Glass Experience, Glass Museum, La Granja, Spain and Murano Glass Museum, Italy
Material Matters, Makers Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
MADE, Space CRAFT, Belfast, UK
Rian, Barbara Stanley Gallery, as part of London Fashion Week, London, UK
Irish Craft Portfolio, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland Sculpture In Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland
Moving, Neon Workshops, Wakefield, UK
In Residence, Evolution House, Edinburgh, UK
O (wee deaths), Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Videotheque|Make Shift, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Gather, Irish Wave, Tushanwan Museum, Shanghai, China
Future Makers, National College of Art & Design Gallery, Dublin
Ireland Experimental Resonance, collaborative installation and performance, Edinburgh, UK
Stanislav Libensky Award 2012, Exhibition of Finalists, St. George’s Convent, Prague, Czech
RepublicWorld Craft Council: European Prize for Applied Arts, Mons, Belgium
Engaging with Glass, Traver Gallery, Tacoma, Washington, USA
           GLASS: A Juried Art Show, Minnetrista, Muncie, Indiana, USA
Keep Going, Sure it’s Grand, Solomen Fine Art, Dublin
Redefining Poetry, Craft and Process, Gallery R, Rochester, USA
New Living Art II, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin
Art in Craft Media, East Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, USA
Future Makers Exhibition 2011, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork
Design Tree, No. 27, National Design Week, Dublin
Winter Open Show, Rua Red, Dublin
Natural 3, Leitrim Design House, Co. Leitrim
Engaging With Glass, Glass Society of Ireland, Solstice Arts Center, Navan, Co.Meath
Hot Glass Divas, Jerpoint Gallery, Kilkenny

Contact Details:

Karen Donnellan