Alison Lowry is a glass artist living and working from her studio, ‘Schoolhouse Glass’ in Saintfield .
In 2009 she graduated from the University of Ulster with a first class Honors degree in Art and Design. Since then she has won numerous awards including first place in the category, ‘Glass Art’ at the Royal Dublin Show in 2015 and 2009, the Silver medal at the Royal Ulster Arts Club’s Annual Exhibition in 2010, the Warm Glass Prize in 2010 and 2011 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; with the National Gallery of Ireland recently accquiring a large pate de verre vessel for the ‘Contemporary Craft Collection’ and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland recently made a forth purchase for their collection.
Prior to her degree Alison studied textiles, completing a City and Guilds in Creative embroidery. It wasn’t until she had had her first baby- her son Oisin- now 13, that she decided to go back to University as a mature student to study art. For the first two years she studied printed textiles alongside lens based media, but it wasn’t until her final year that she decided to work with fused glass, and although it was a steep learning curve she hasn’t looked back since! She employs a range of techniques to create her sculptures, working with cast glass and pate de verre. Both techniques involve many processes and sometimes the failure rate can be high, ‘Frequently I open the kiln after a firing and the piece hasn’t fired the way I wanted it too. Sometimes glass refuses to be tamed and insists on doing its own thing- I think the challenge is partly the reason I like working with it!”
Alison’s work ranges from small vessels and framed pieces- perfect for that unique gift- to larger sculptural works more suited to the serious collector. She also works to commission.
Her other passion is that of educator- this year she has hosted one day glass workshops and short courses all over Northern Ireland and also taught masterclasses in England and Germany. Check out the ‘Schoolhouse Glass’ section of this website for more details of classes near you.
Click the link below to view a recent clip the Arts Show broadcast on BBC 2 about Alison:
Or the short clip filmed by the Corning Museum of Glass during a recent residency: