Glass, The Liquid Medium - Meet Catherine Keenan

May 17, 2017

Jelly Beans, Various. £180 each. 

 

"...these engagingly fantastic, futuristic, dissolving, morphing, blob-like forms...show both the alluring qualities of glass, its translucency, its ability to hold colour ... whilst being just the right scale to engage with the hand and eye.”              

                                                                                                                             -Dr Joseph McBrinn

 

 

Catherine Keenan produces distinctive brightly coloured blown glass vessels. Her practice is informed by a preoccupation with colour and pattern which she explores through experimentation with a range of techniques, observing the seemingly endless possibilities of each. She is particularly inspired by the liquid nature of the material and the organic development of spherical forms.

Urchins, Various. £290. £280. £260. 

 

Catherine was originally attracted to the medium by the physical rhythm of working with glass. As a very immediate art form, glass work requires great dexterity and swift, confident gestures in order to produce elegant, expressive forms. In order to manipulate molten glass at 1100˚C thorough planning and preparation are required, as well as the support of a skilled assistant.

 

Eye Candy, Purple and Orange. £450

 

Catherine strives to create pieces that are bold in their simplicity, belying the complexity of their construction. Her recent Eye Candy collection includes a series of patterned vessel forms with vibrant contrasting colour overlays and carved lenses. The Eye Candy pieces come in a range of combinations, including red and mint, and orange and green, blues, yellows and purples.

Catherine in the studio. 

 

She studied glass at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and later at the International Glass Centre, West Midlands, UK. She is based at Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart, Co. Down.

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