Róisín de Buitléar

This work was made on the Island of Murano, using waste glass from bins and factory rubbish in particular factories in an attempt to draw attention to the waste being created there in the production of art and touristic objects. The waste created by manufacturing this glass, comes in lots of forms. Alongside this is industrial glass container waste generated by citizens and visitors, such as bottles, jars, and glassware. The vast quantity of slag, crushed glass and broken or incomplete glass material that is produced every day, has to leave the island or be reused in some way. Although infinitely recyclable, if mixed with pigments and other materials it is not suitable for remelting as a material for blowing. As I become more and more aware of climate impact on my own island I am looking to reusing waste glass as a raw material for creative solutions.

Born in Dublin in 1963
Education 1980–83, National College of Art and Design – Glass Design

Selected Commissioned Work
2023 Lios na nÓg Primary School, Commemorative window
2022 Royal Irish Academy, commemorative work, Colm Cille’s 1500th anniversary
2022 The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre, Museum of Treasures, commission
2019/2021 National Children’s Hospital Dublin/Tallaght and Connolly outpatients – Glass and steel
2019 /2021 Lace Matrix – Exterior Sculpture, Headford Galway, Steel Sculpture
2019 Waterford Regional Hospital – Hospice Rian, Glass Installation
2017 1916 Play Garden, Dublin City Council – Concept for St Audoen’s Park, Dublin 8
2016 Limerick City Museum of Art, “Homage to Lace” Glass sculpture
2016 Lios na nÓg Gaelscoil Dublin, 1986–2016, commemorative window
2015 Basilica of Knock Co Mayo, Ireland – Entrance corridors, “Pilgrimage”, painted glazed walls
2013 Ballyroan Library Dublin, Dublin Central Libraries, “Transience”, Glass and light installation
2013 Waterford Maternity Suite, Waterford Regional Hospital HSE, “A new beginning”, 2.5m x 2.5m, Glass sculpture
2011 Highfield Hospital Dublin, chapel windows, entrance doors and wall textiles
2011 Sensory Garden Áras an Uachtaráin, Official residence of the President of Ireland, Glass/Steel sculpture

Solo shows /Performances
2023 Hidden Treasure, Venice Glass week, Murano
2019 Islanders – Glass and light projection, Venice, Italy
2019 The Ark children’s cultural centre, Dublin
2019 Caution Fragile! Sound and Glass Live Performance with Liam Ó Maonlaí and Peter O’Toole, National Museum of Ireland
2018 Siansán Creative Ireland Waterford, Sound and glass, Live Performance, Christ Church
Waterford Glass sounds and spoken word with Liam Ó Maonlaí́, Peter O’Toole and Sile Denvir, A Culture Ireland Project
2018 Macalla/Echo Exhibition, Creggan Library Gallery, Drumcondra, Dublin, Sound and Glass
2017 Performance of Sound objects in collaboration with Liam Ó Maonlaoí, Peter O’Toole and Sile Denvir, Ornamentation: Exhibition Solstice Centre for the Arts, Meath, Ireland
2017 Resonance: Performance, Sound objects, Civic Theatre Kilkenny in collaboration with Liam Ó Maonlaoí

I want to be a motivating factor in change for the future of our craft and planet by creating works that in their presentation creates a catalyst for conversation on climate action. Climate change is increasingly a looming factor in the future sustainability of the glass industry. As islanders Irish and Venetian glass communities must deal with disposing of waste every day. Finding new possible commercially viable or creative solutions to waste glass is imperative. We know now what the impact of climate change is and how the time to take real action is now.