Alison Lowry

Alison Lowry is a glass artist who works out of her studio, ‘Schoolhouse Glass’ in Saintfield. Originally from a textile background, in 2008 she started working with glass and fell in love with it as an expressive yet challenging material. Since then she has won numerous awards including the Silver medal at the Royal Ulster Arts Club’s Annual Exhibition in 2010, the glass category at the Royal Dublin Show in 2009 and 2015, and the Warm Glass Prize in 2010 and 2011. This year she was selected to exhibit as part of ‘Emerge’- Bullseye Glass’ biennale competition for emerging glass artists- and picked up the Bronze award. 

Alison specializes in the technique of Pate de Verre, which translated from the French means ‘paste of glass’. Pate de verre is an ancient glass casting technique dating back to Ancient Egyptian times. It involves using crushed glass packed tightly into hand built moulds. After two firings in the kiln the mould is broken away and discarded, leaving a thin walled vessel.

"Glass, for me, is the perfect medium to encapsulate these transient notions. Glass offers endless sculptural possibilities and is full of contradictions- a mirror of life itself. The process of making is intrinsic to my practice and I am fascinated by the interface created when glass is used in conjunction with other processes and techniques, for example photography, printmaking and textiles."

Public Collections:

Contemporary Collection of Design and Crafts, National Museum of Ireland
Arts Council of Northern Ireland Permanent Collection
Lisburn and Castlereagh Council Public Art Collection
Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark
Tower Museum, Derry
Office of Public Works, Dublin, Ireland
Gangtai Art Museum of Shanghai Gang Tai Cultural Development Company
Chinese State Councilor of the PR, Permanent Collection
Arts Council of Northern Ireland Permanent Collection
Art Collection, Europol Headquarters, The Hague
Arts Council of Northern Ireland Permanent Collection
Permanent Collection, University of Ulster, Belfast