Edmond Byrne

Maker's story

Edmond Byrne is a glass artist and educator with an experimental approach to process and making that explores tactility, colour psychology, sustainability, and digital craft. He has an MA for the Royal College of Art, Ceramics and Glass and a B.Des in Craft Design from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and holds a Senior Lecturer position at De Montfort University's multidisciplinary Design Crafts course. His work is exhibited internationally and is included in the V&A Museum, Ulster Museum and The National Collection, Ireland. He has received prestigious awards including the RDS Irish Craft Award, the Dan Klein Memorial Award, and the Pilchuck Partner Scholarship.


Edmond Byrne creates each mould using materials like clay, fabric and plaster that introduce unpredictable, unique elements to each piece. Once blown, a crackled, clay patina is left behind on the glass’ surface evoking ancient glass artefacts. Edmond's approach to craft is experimental. The themes of assembly, stacking and play run consistently througout his practice, and he works with a library of textures and forms to achieve his exquisite final pieces.