Your Letters

Glass Bronze, 150x110x40mm,
Photographer, Eunan Sweeney


Sparring Partners

Glass, cotton laces,300x200x120mm,
Photographer, Eunan Sweeney


Motherline II

Glass, wood, 800x280x280mm,
Photographer, Louise rice


Conversation Piece II, Detail

Glass, 550x260x200mm,
Photographer, Eunan Sweeney


Conversation Piece II

Glass, 550x260x200mm,
Photographer, Eunan Sweeney


Conversation Piece I

Blown glass forms and blown clear glass tubes, Glass, 700x300x200mm,
Photographer, Eunan Sweeney


Louise Rice

Louise Rice produces delicate and lifelike sculptural glass objects with a strong narrative element, often combined or juxtaposed with found objects and other materials.

Rice’s current work, As You Are We, explores the complexity of human relationships in terms of the encounter with oneself and others. Sparring Partners is a reflection on interpersonal conflict and fragility that takes the form of a pair of mould-blown glass boxing gloves. Another key work from the series, Conversation Pieces is a set of interconnected glass speech-bubbles inspired by questions of communication and expression.

Rice uses a range of hot and warm techniques to produce her pieces. One of these is the pate-de-verre method, in which a thin glass paste is used, enabling her to achieve the precise and minute detail of her objects.

Rice graduated in 1998 with a BA from Edinburgh College of Art, and went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Glass 2000. She continued her studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, finishing in 2003. Originally from Co. Armagh, Rice now lives and works in Leitrim.


Ulster Museum, Belfast
National Glass Museum, The Netherlands
Glass Museum Alter hof Herding (Ernsting Stiftung), Germany

Selected Awards

2012 Artist in Residence, Leitrim Sculpture Centre
2010/2011 Leitrim County Council Artist’s Bursary
2007 ‘Two Minds’ collaborative residency with Caroline Dickson Architects
2006 Visual Leitrim Advanced Craft Skills Bursary

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2012 As You Are We, The Leitrim Sculpture Centre Gallery, Co. Leitrim

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2012 Engaging with Glass, Traver Gallery, Washington
2011 Natural 3, Leitrim Design House, Carrick on Shannon, Engaging with Glass, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Exploring Perceptions of Contemporary Craft, Lavit Gallery, Cork
2010 Form, The Blue Wall Gallery, Cavan
2009 Glas(s), Gemeente Museum, The Hague, On the Edge, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, UK
2008 Positionen Der Reitveld Academie, Galerie Rosella Junck, Berlin


Gallery Representation

The Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Co. Leitrim
Glas Galerie Leerdam, The Netherlands

Work available to commission and through exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Contact Details:

Louise Rice
Leitrim Sculpture Centre Studios
Main Street
Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

T. +353 87 3139013