Based off the Moon Jar- an iconic piece within Korean ceramics, glass artist Edmond Byrne has produced a radical reinterpretation that has pushed him to the boundaries of his craft. Technically complex, the piece required at least 3 people to assist in its creation.
Using historical and cultural references to inform his work, each of Edmond’s vessels are carefully considered. Crafted using unique moulds constructed from fabrics, clay & sand with coloured sheets thinly blown to introduce hue and contrast, Edmond’s jar hides an intense, undulating core within a serene yet richly textured exterior.
A large, handblown collector's piece by glass maker Edmond Byrne. Organically shaped glass orb in an blue glass, finished on the exterior with a delicate china clay (Kaolin) patina. Unique piece
Green-Blue Glass, china clay pattination
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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 while 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 his vessels. His process is inspired by the work of Geoffrey Baxter, a glass blower from the 1970s. Edmond works from his drawings, teasing out the forms of vessels and constructing the moulds for his abstract pieces.
He has been awarded numerous Crafts Council grants and research funding from the University for the Creative Arts, as well as being presented with the Dan Klein Memorial Award in 2011. Edmond’s work is currently on display at the National Museum of Ireland and at the Irish Consulate in Brussels, as part of the Department of Foreign Affair’s Collection.