Edmond Byrne is an Irish glass blower currently working as a technician and tutor at the University of Creative Arts. Having studied for a Masters in Glass at the Royal College of Art, Edmond went on to complete an apprenticeship with Dale Chihuly’s team in the USA whilst they worked on projects including the chandelier for the V&A.
Edmond’s technique involves blowing glass into hand-made moulds. He lines them with materials including clay, fabric, plaster and metal to create patinas and cracks on the surface of the vessels. His process is inspired by the work of Geoffrey Baxter, a glass blower from the 1970’s who worked with Whitefriars Glass, due to their similarity in creative process. Edmond works from drawing, teasing out the forms of vessels and constructing the moulds from his abstract pieces.
He has been awarded numerous Crafts Council grants and research funding from the UCA, as well as the Dan Klein Memorial Award in 2011. Edmond’s work is currently on display at the National Museum of Ireland and as part of the Department of Foreign Affair’s Collection currently at the Irish Consulate in Brussels, as well as being part of numerous private collections.