Catherine Keenan, Glass Artist

A graduate in Glass from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Catherine works in molten glass, adding layers of colour and blowing vessels. 

Catherine Keenan has won several awards at the National Craft Competition, including first place in glass, the National Craft and Design Fair of Ireland Award. She has exhibited throughout the UK and Ireland, including The Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, Heal’s Store London and the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny.  She also exhibited at the Royal Ulster Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy’s annual exhibitions.

A well established glass blower (one of three in Northern Ireland), Catherine Keenan is pictured here working on one of her Jelly Bean vessels.

Catherine Keenan CV


2016    ‘Surface, Colour, Description’, Kunsthuis Gallery, Yorkshire

            ‘Design Ireland’, Heal’s Store, London


2015    ‘Seeing Stripes’, solo exhibition, Belfast print Workshop, Belfast

            Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Tent: London Design Festival

            ‘Create’, Brown Thomas, Dublin

            ‘Portfolio:Glass’, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin

            ‘Spring Exhibition’ Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford

            ‘Focus on Glass’, Craft in the Bay, Wales


2014    Black Swan Arts Open Exhibition, Frome, England

            ‘Portfolio’, Crafts Council of Ireland, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin        

            184th Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition, Dublin

            ‘Made London’ retail fair, London       

            Contemporary Glass Society Exhibition, National Glass Centre, Sunderland

            Irish Craft Portfolio Exhibition, Capital Club, Beijing

            ‘Craft’, trade fair, Earl’s Court, London


2013    ‘Irish Craft Portfolio, Crafts Council of Ireland’, Royal Hibernian Gallery, Dublin

            183rd Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition, Dublin

            ‘Made London’, retail fair, London

            ‘Making It ’11’ Group exhibition, Seacourt Print Workshops, Bangor

            ‘ICON’ Crafts Council of Ireland Exhibition, Brown Thomas, Dublin

            ‘Hot Glass: New work from the Furnace’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

            ‘Perspective: Inspiration Unveiled’, Craft Centre, London


2012    ‘Engaging with Glass’, Traver Gallery, Tacoma, USA

            182nd Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition, Dublin

            ‘131st Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition’, Ulster Museum, Belfast

            ‘Work in Progress’, Craft NI Gallery, Belfast

            ‘Reverie’, Leinster Gallery, Dublin

            ‘Art@Craft Europe 2012’, Koroska Art Gallery, Slovenia       

            ‘Talente 2012’, International Exhibition of Applied Arts, Munich


2011    Galleri Uggerby, Lonstrup, Denmark

            Irish Craft Portfolio’, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

            ‘Design Tree’, Irish Design Week exhibition, Dublin

            ‘Engaging With Glass:a survey of contemporary irish glass art’, Solstice Centre,            Navan

            ‘National Crafts Competition’, RDS, Dublin

            ‘Irish Craft Portfolio’, The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny.


2010    ‘Inspired by…’, Craft and Design Collective Annual Exhibition, Belfast

            ‘Irish Craft Portfolio’, The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny


2009    ‘Royal Ulster Academy’s 128th Annual Exhibition’, Belfast.

            ‘Designers and Makers 2009’, F. E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge.

            ‘Bloom; Sculptural Crafts’, commissioned by the Crafts Council of Ireland to                         make an outdoor installation piece, Phoenix Park, Dublin.


2008    ‘Breaking Out’, The Crafts Council of Ireland Gallery, Kilkenny.

            ‘Next Big Thing’, The Red House Glass Cone, Stourbridge.


2012    RDS National Crafts Competition Awards:

                        -National Crafts and Design Fair of Ireland Award

                        -1st Prize Glass

2012    Support for the Individual Artist Award, Arts Council, Northern Ireland

2011    Shortlisted for Talente 2012 International Award in Applied Arts

2011    RDS National Crafts Competition -Crafts Council of Ireland Purchase Award

2011    Selected for Craft NI ‘Making It’ 2 year business and studio assistance.

2011    Support for the Individual Artist Award, Arts Council, Northern Ireland

2009    Anna Cheyne Visual Arts Award

2009    Travel Award, Arts Council, Northern Ireland

2009    RDS National Crafts Competition Awards:

                        -National Crafts and Design Fair of Ireland Award

                        -2nd Prize Glass

            -IACI Murial Gahan Scholarship Nominee



2008    Nick Mount Venetian Cane Masterclass at the International Glass Festival,


2007-2008 The International Glass Centre, Brierley Hill:Professional Development Award in Glass, specialising in glass blowing and cold decoration.

2003-2006  The National College of Art and Design, Dublin: BDes Hons Craft Design:                         Glass  

2001-2002  The University of Ulster: Foundation Studies in Art and Design



2015    Causeway Coast and Glen Council, Northern Ireland

2015    Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland

2014    The Arts Council of Northern Ireland

2013    Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland           

2012    Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland

2012    Business to Arts, Dublin

2012    Arts Council, N.Ireland

2011    Ulster Museum

2011    Crafts Council of Ireland and National Museums of Ireland Purchasing scheme.

2009    Lisburn Borough Council



2012    Allianz Business to Arts Awards, Dublin.

            Seven blown glass awards (venetian cane technique), mounted on a turned                         stainless steel plinth. Each 32 cm tall

2009    ‘Poppy Patch’: outdoor installation commissioned by the Crafts Council of


            Sixteen ‘poppies’, each comprised of a blown glass plate (colour overlay

            technique), stainless steel stem and turned black nylon fittings.



2015    Non-printmaker’s residency, Belfast Print Workshop

2011    Artist’s Access to Art College’s placement at Sunderland University.



2015    International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge Glassblowing Studio, England.



2012    ‘Hands On, the Art of Crafting in Ireland’, Sylvie Thompson, Liberties Press

2012    ‘Designer Profile’, Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living Magazine, December issue

2012    ‘Catherine Keenan’, Rachael Chambers, Craft&Design Magazine, Jan/Feb issue

2011    ‘Thirty’, exhibition review, Deborah Logan, Perspective Magazine, November issue

2010    ‘About: Catherine Keenan’, Dr.J McBrinn, Perspective Magazine, July issue


Artist’s Presentation

2014    Queen’s University, Belfast

2011    University of Sunderland to BA and MA Glass and Ceramics students

2011    ‘Engaging with Glass’ Symposium, Solstice Centre, Navan



2011    ‘Thirty, a celebration of excellence in craft’, 20 makers from Ireland, Flowerfield                         Arts Centre, Portstewart.


Studio Assistant

2010    Rikke Precht, Lonstrup, Denmark

2010    Nyholm/Cantrell Studio, Aarhus, Denmark

2009    Anu Penttinen, Nuutajärvi, Finland

2008    Peter Layton’s London Glassblowing Studio, England

2008    Glasstorm, Tain, Scotland

2008    Teaching Assistant to Richard Jolley, Northlands Creative Glass Centre, Scotland

Catherine Keenan, glass blower, is seen here developing one her wonderful pieces of glass