Refract Exhibition, Waterford
Refract – Contemporary Design. Traditional Techniques. An exhibition curated by Róisín de Buitléar, presents the work of twenty glass designers from Britain, Czech Republic, Columbia, Costa Rica, Demark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, and the USA. Featuring work by: François Azambourg, Thibaut Allgayer, Vic Bamforth, Juli Bolanos, Marc Braun, CIAV, Mendel Heit, John Kiely, Krista Isreal, Lucie Koldova, Malfatti Glass, Camilla Moberg, Studio Brichet Ziegler, Jeremy Maxwell, Noccu, Wintrebert, Sarah Wiberley, V8 Designers and Heikki Viinikainen and myself.
The aim of Refract is to bring a fresh look at the ancient craft of glass making, made so famous by Waterford. The exhibition showcases international glass design including lighting, tableware, and vessels, showing innovations in design directions and in glass production.
Cllr. James Tobin, Mayor of Waterford, Muireann Charleton from the Design & Crafts Council Ireland and Róisín de Buitléar, glass artist and curator of Refract opened the exhibition at the City Hall which is right across from Waterford Crystal. The private view offered the unique opportunity, not only to see contemporary glass design and some amazing pieces of traditionally cut glass, but also to talk to some of the true Masters of Glass: master cutters who worked for Waterford Crystal. I had a lovely chat with Heinz Plattner who ran the Waterford Crystal cutting department for many years. It was also great to talk to glass artist John Kiely who came all the way from Seattle, and brought two of his fantastic sculptural pieces. And last but not least it was great to meet Róisín de Buitléar who curated Refract and invited me to exhibit my Boules Tumblers.