REFRACT: Contemporary glass design. Traditional techniques.
Curated by Róisín de Buitléar.
Waterford City, renowned the world over for its luxurious crystal treasures, is about to embark on a new voyage in glass design. This summer, Waterford City Hall will host an exciting exhibition of captivating, contemporary glass objects. This exhibition will showcase top international glass design including lighting, tableware, and vessels, showing innovations in design directions and in glass production.Set in the beautiful City Hall on Waterford’s Mal the exhibition is open to the public, Monday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm. Design concepts in glass to be seen include; crystal clouds, slung capsule lamps, translucent touchable fur, and vase that tells a story. The underlying curatorial theme of this exhibition is how traditional glassmaking techniques have been reinterpreted to create new contexts for objects in glass.
Masters of the Glass - Local masterpieces from the city and county .
Curated by Róisín de Buitléar at the Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum. Specially curated in the Year of Design 2015, this exhibition brings together, on temporary loan, glass masterpieces from private collections, many of which have never before been publicly displayed. The exhibition includes one off centerpieces, special commissions, and ditties made by glassmakers as personal gifts. This is the first exhibition of its kind to be held in Waterford city, and showcases the extraordinary skill of local glassmakers.
Symposium: FUTURE LEGACY
Contemporary contexts for Glass in Tourism, Design & Technologies
'.....Waterford is at a turning point in its glass history'
Get involved this September
MOBILE HOTSHOP @CATHEDRAL SQUARE
See Glassmaking and Designers at work Glassblowing demonstrations and a hot glass workshop on Cathederal sq Hosted by American Maestro Treg Silkwood, A 4 day design and glassblowing workshop exploring lighting design/ colour and pattern in glass. Afternoons from 2pm Cathederal sq Sept 14-17 Come and have look at what is being created.
NEW DESIGNS & FRESH IDEAS
Design Workshop at WIT and House Of Waterford Crystal A unique experience of working at the Waterford Crystal workshops with Roisín de Buitléar and Waterford Master Craftsmen, Greg Sullivan and Maurice Scanlon, challenging ideas on tableware for contemporary living. Local and international designers will work together with these craftsmen to explore new ideas in glass. 15th -17th September. Access to view the work in progress, through the factory tour. All day
FREE - DESIGN HEROES LECTURES
Tuesday 15th - Crystal or Glass? Contemporary Irish Glass Now by Sinéad Brennan, @ Ardkeen Library
Friday 18th: Collecting Glass: Heritage, History and the National Museum of Ireland Collection by Dr Audrey Whitty @ Waterford Central Library
GLASS ON EXHIBITION
Right in the city centre area known as the Viking Triangle, three concurrent exhibitions are being held at City Hall, the Treasures museum and the Central Library. Refract - Glass Object and Architecture – City Hall International products in glass from small to large scale, showcasing contemporary design and new technologies. Masters of ‘The Glass’ Treasures Museum Master pieces from Waterford’s glassmakers past and present Design Heroes Exhibition Miroslav Havel (1922 –2008) Waterford Central Library Chief Glass Designer Waterford Crystal 8th – 19th September
We are delighted to be one of the partners in Waterford the Glass City’s
programme of events for this year.
Waterford the Glass City is a series of projects as part of Irish Design 2015 celebrating the tradition, heritage and future of glassmaking in Ireland’s oldest city.
@WATERFORD INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
FRIDAY: 18th September 2015
Registration: 12.30 – 1.15pm
1.30pm: Welcome address: Director of the school of Business - Tom O Toole
1.45 – 2.30pm: Keynote Speech Susanne Joker Johnsen
'Glass as local identity and cultural production'
2.35 – 3.10: Chuck Lopez, 'The Power of Community: Advantages and opportunities within community based open access facilities'
~ 3.15 – 3.40 Tea and talktime ~
3.45 – 4.35pm: Mark Angus, 'Glass in the Context of Culture: An Artists View'
4.30 GALLERY HOP to 3 exhibitions: Central Library Design work of Miroslav Havel, Treasures Museum Masters of the Glass and Refract Contemporary International glass.
~ Break for food, freshup, powernaps ect....~
8.00pm Social evening at Munster Bar
SATURDAY: 19th September
10.00 – 10.30:' Making sense from knowhow' V8 designers: Pierre Bindreiff & Sébastien Geissert FR
10.35 – 11.05am: Tregg Silkwood: 'Ancient Skills, New thinking'
~11.25 – 11.45am tea and talktime~
12.30 – 1pm DISCUSSION FORUM. Using craft heritage as an economic commodity, how can Waterford maximise on this? Chaired by Muireann Charleton.
~1.00 – 2pm Lunch~
2pm -3pm Break out discussions
Setting up a community access glass studio; The nuts, bolts and ways of making it work. WITH Chuck Lopez/ Treg Silkwood,
Contemporary Glass Design and Tourism – who, why, which, where and when?
WITH Susanne Joker Johnsen /Yann Greinenberger
A career in Art and Design in glass- is it sustainable? WITH V8 / Mark Angus
~3.00- 3.20pm Mingling with Afternoon Tea~
3.25 – 3.50 Speaker panel discussion forum Chaired by Susanne Joker Johnsen
As the world of glassmaking changes, in what ways can Waterford city and community optimise their long heritage of glassmaking and create a sustainable future centred on glass?
4.20 Closing statements – Róisín de Buitléar