Chanter - Blue and Topaz

hot sculpted glass, H16xW70xD23cm
Photographer, Phillip Lauterbach


Clog an Aingil

hot sculpted glass, 30x40x30cm

Photographer, Phillip Lauterbach


hot sculpted glass, 39x11x8cm
Photographer, Phillip Lauterbach


Time Spent, Limerick Lace Series

Glass, 340x300x600mm
Photographer, Mike Kay



Blown, cut glass, 340x300x600mm
Photographer, Philip Lauterbach



Blown, cut, diamond point engraved glass, Diameter 260x H140mm
Photographer, Philip Lauterbach


Róisín de Buitléar

Róisín de Buitléar describes herself as being fascinated by both the beauty glass affords as well as the challenge of working with it. Using a variety of techniques, her response to the making process is both personal and intuitive. Working in layers, she uses the inherent beauty of the material to draw the viewer into the objects through light, shadow and colour. She incorporates subtle, intricate patterns into many of her pieces with diamond point engraving. When light is cast through the glass, patterns emerge in the shadow, giving the works an added dimension.

Cultural heritage and shared histories are central to her practice. She pays homage to traditional crafts such as needlework and lacemaking and integrates skills and stories from former factory workers at Waterford Crystal. In this way, she aims to translate what is perceived as ordinary into the realm of the extraordinary – using glass as the new medium so this handwork can be viewed with a fresh perspective.

De Buitléar graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1983. She teaches and lectures on glass in Ireland and overseas. She is based in Dublin and works to commission and for exhibition.


Gantai Art Museum of Shanghai
National Museum of Ireland
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Crafts Council of America
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Selected Awards

2012 Selected for European Glass Context, Bornholm, Denmark
2011 Catch a Breath was one of five pieces featured in a special stamp series celebrating contemporary craft in Ireland issued by An Post to mark Year of Craft 2011
2009 Crafts Council of Ireland Bursary Award


Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Macalla, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
1992 Ulster Museum, Belfast
1990 Design Aer 90, Dublin Airport


Group Exhibitions and Fairs

CAUTION! Fragile. Irish glass- Tradition in Transition. Museum Of Glass Tacoma Washington USA
Taste, Contemporary Craft,  Geneva Switzerland
Interlace, National Craft Gallery Kilkenny
Glass is Tomorrow, A Glass House, Paris, St Etienne Design Biennale France & Most Salone, Milan
Future Beauty? National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Gather, Tushanwan Museum, Shanghai China, Curated by Sean Campbell
A Tale of Two Cities, Dublin and Beijing’ Nouart Gallery
2012 New Glass Art, Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts, China
RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin
Irish Craft Portfolio, RHA, Dublin
Between Art and Industry, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Engaging with Glass, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Irish Wave 3, Beijing, China
Elements, Shengling Gallery, Shanghai, China
Keep going sure it’s grand!, Soloman Fine Art, Dublin
2011 Adornment, Designworks, Cork, Engaging with Glass, Solstice Art Centre, Navan,
21st Century Irish Craft, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
21st Century Icons, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin
COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Eunique Applied Arts Fair, Karlsruhe, Germany
2010 On the Edge: Contemporary Glass from South west England and Ireland, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; National Botanic Gardens, Dublin; Garter Lane, Waterford; Triskel Gallery, Cork; Linen Hall, Castlebar,
Remarkable Glass Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK
RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin
Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Slow architecture and place, travelling exhibition, Grand Canal from Shannon to Dublin

Contact Details:

Róisín de Buitléar
37 Ashfield Road
Dublin 6

T. +353 87 7751938