'Glass Flowers'

Exhibition of Flameworked and Fused Glass Works by Emma Bourke
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From Tuesday 29th March to Sunday 10th April 2011

Signal Arts Centre is pleased to present 'Glass Flowers' an exhibition of glass works by artist Emma Bourke. Emma is a visual artist working mainly in the medium of glass. She received a BDes in Craft Design, specialising in glass from the National College of Art and Design. While studying for her degree she spent a semester at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York State under the guidance of Robin Cass. While in RIT Emma was given the opportunity to attend the International Flameworking Conference in Salem. Due to this Emma became interested in Flameworking and brought the equipment home and set up a studio. She was the first student in NCAD to use this technique in her degree show. She won a research scholarship from the Craft Council of Ireland through the Future Makers Awards, sold a piece to the Museum of Ireland which is on permanent display in Collins Barracks and has worked on commission in a leading gallery in Dublin.

Emma grew up in the natural world of the countryside; immersed in a culture of superstition, listening to stories of magic and fairies. It is these stories told to her by her grandfather that are a key influence in the development of this body of work. The pieces that stem from these sources are free blown hollow glass forms, with hot sculpted tendrils on the outside that are reminiscent of tangles of branches and tree roots. Another set of pieces comprise intricate flame-worked branches that extend from root-like and bulbous hollow bases. They have a sense of secrecy in the hidden elements that they contain. Natural forms become a shelter for little people and the mysteries of fairy tales. The transparency of clear glass is intentionally maintained in order to heighten the ambiguity between organic elements and man (or fairy) made structures.

Opening Reception: Thursday 31st March 7-9pm