Alison Lowry is a glass artist living and working from her studio, ‘Schoolhouse Glass’ in Saintfield, Northern Ireland.
In 2009 Lowry graduated from the University of Ulster with a first class Honours degree in Art and Design. Since then she has won numerous awards including first place in the category, ‘Glass Art’ at the Royal Dublin Show in 2015 and 2009, the Silver medal at the Royal Ulster Arts Club’s Annual Exhibition in 2010, the Warm Glass Prize in 2010 and 2011 and more recently the Bronze Award at Bullseye Glass’ ‘Emerge’ exhibition. Lowry exhibits both locally and internationally and her work is held in several public collections; with the National Gallery of Ireland recently acquiring a large pate de verre vessel for the ‘Contemporary Craft Collection’ and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland recently made a forth purchase for their collection.
Prior to her degree Lowry studied textiles, completing a City and Guilds in Creative embroidery. It wasn’t until she had had her first baby- her son Oisin- now 10, that she decided to go back to University as a mature student to study art. For the first two years she studied printed textiles alongside lens based media, but it wasn’t until her final year that she decided to work with fused glass, and although it was a steep learning curve she hasn’t looked back since! She employs a range of techniques to create her sculptures, working with cast glass and pate de verre. Both techniques involve many processes and sometimes the failure rate can be high, ‘Frequently I open the kiln after a firing and the piece hasn’t fired the way I wanted it too. Sometimes glass refuses to be tamed and insists on doing its own thing- I think the challenge is partly the reason I like working with it!”
Lowry’s work ranges from small vessels and framed pieces, to larger sculptural works more suited to the serious collector.
Her other passion is that of educator- this year she has hosted one day glass workshops and short courses all over Northern Ireland and also taught masterclasses in England and Germany.