NI glass artist wins prestigious Bullseye award

Northern Ireland Glass Artist, Alison Lowry, is one of three artists honoured in the Warm Glass UK Prize 2011.

Alison Lowry was awarded first prize in the ‘Bullseye Glass’ category of the awards.  The winning piece, 'Jack fell down' is part of a larger body of work, and touring exhibition, entitled Vessels of Memory which was first shown at Craft NI and is on display at the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre in Limavady.

This piece is based on a Victorian babies' bonnet and was created using sand carved pate-de-verre. It is part of a larger body of work that examines how objects become containers for memory, and how our environment moulds us into the people that we become.

The ‘Bullseye Glass’ category was judged by Lani MacGregor, co-owner of Bullseye Glass Company, and Silvia Levenson, an Argentinian glass artist who agreed that Alison’s 'Jack fell down' piece was the stand-out winner. As part of her prize, Alison will attend the Bullseye conference in Portland, Oregon later this year. 

The two other receipients include Dóra Varga, winner of the ‘students’ prize 2011 and Graeme Thyer who won the ‘artists’ prize.

Pippa Bluck, Warm Glass UK Director said: “The standard of this year’s entries has been astonishing, the judging has been so tough because we had such great pieces to choose from.

“This is the seventh year we have run the competition and it seems to grow and grow all the time. It has become an esteemed award within the industry and we’re really proud to be able to offer a platform for the artists who enter".

A complete list of 2011 entries and the winning works are available to view on the Warm Glass UK Prize 2011 website.


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