Inspired by her experiences of motherhood, Alison’s work captures small, but fleeting moments of life that are filled with memories, she says, “fabric preserves the essence of its maker; traces of the wearer become entwined with the warp and weft, allowing physical objects to become containers for memory.“ Glass allows her to replicate or capture an impression of cloth or clothing in a precise and immediate way.
The nature of the glass piece embodies the fragility of the very memory it captures.
She has won numerous awards including first place in the category, ‘Glass Art’ at the Royal Dublin Show in 20, the Silver medal at the Royal Ulster Arts Club’s Annual Exhibition in 2010, the Warm Glass Prize in 20 and more recently the Bronze Award at Bullseye Glass’ ‘Emerge’ exhibition.
Alison exhibits both locally and internationally and her work is held in several public collections; the National Museum of Ireland recently acquired a large pate de verre vessel for the ‘Contemporary Craft Collection’.
The artist has used the technique of Pate de Verre to cast antique christening robes in the process, the original robe will be burnt away in the kiln but the glass will formed in its place – creating a fragile but haunting reminder of what was there before.
Alison Lowry is a glass artist living and working from her studio, ‘Schoolhouse Glass’ in Saintfield, Northern Ireland.
Revealing links across various periods of production, an exhibition of works by Belfast-based artist Alistair Wilson, is broken into four parts and realised across two galleries.
Encompassing selected works spanning forty years of production, the exhibition does not set out to provide a definitive survey of Wilson’s work to date, rather this extended exhibition draws together key works in an attempt to bring to the fore the prevailing themes and common characteristics present in Wilson’s practice.The raw materials, such as clay, kaolin sand, feldspar, quartz and other minerals, are taken from the ground.People have known this for thousands and thousands of years, and they have taken advantage of the special characteristics of ceramics as a material: that is, its persistence, loading capacity, waterproofness and chemical and bacterial resistance.It has been co-funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.For more information on the project visit: futureceramics.Or check out the Facebook page: The Future Ceramics/ The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication, 'Ceramics and its Dimensions - Shaping the Future': Foreword & Introduction Ceramics is a natural product.Frances Mc Donald writes, “Textiles may have provided the narrative…..powerfully expressed through the language of glass…strong and fragile, as well as being a poignant reminder of the vulnerability of life...”The exhibition features exciting collaborations, a new film based on glass shoes and a large dress suspended from the ceiling, raining down droplets into the gallery.