Glass artist wins RDS Craft Award

A Portstewart glass artist has won a prestigious award in the RDS National Crafts Competition.

Eye Candy, Turquoise and Orange Striped by Catherine Keenan won first prize in the Glass Category and the National Crafts & Design Fair of Ireland Award of €1,500.

The work is pure pattern indulgence and takes inspiration from cut and polished agate. It combines an exquisite sense of colour with highly specialised glass techniques.

Maintaining an overall prize fund of €28,000, the competition saw a significant increase in entrants this year, revealing the continued surge in interest in craft and design.

Together with the winners of the 20 categories and the special prizes sponsored by Irish Crafts Guilds and Associations, the prize-winning and highly commended works went on show in the RDS Concert Hall last Friday.