Members – Fiona Byrne

Fiona Byrne


2014 – 2018 Doctor of Philosophy, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland

2012 – 2013 Masters in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin, Ireland

2005-2009 Joint BA (Hons) History of Art & Design and Craft Design Glass, National College of Art and Design, Ireland

Professional Development

2020 Completed Narrative4 Story Exchange Facilitator Training

2019 Ireland Glass Biennele 2019, engraving with Morgan Peterson at Glint Studio, Dublin

2014 Teaching Assistant for glass enamel course, Cappy Thompson, NCAD Dublin

2013 Teaching Assistant for glass casting course, Angela Thwaites, NCAD Dublin

2010-12 Teaching Assistant, Ingrid Philips, beginners‘ glassblowing, Glasstorm Scotland

2009 Surface treatments in glass, Meike Groot & Dana Zamecnikova, Northlands Creative Glass, Scotland

2008 Hot glass sculpting with Scott Darlington, Pittsburg Glass School, USA

2007 Glass casting with Angela Thwaites, Bild-Werk Academy, Germany

Professional Experience

Present – Independent artist, educator and writer

June 2017 – Oct 2019 – Design & Crafts Council of Ireland; Education Manager; Kilkenny

Sept 2016 – June 2017 – Independent educator and arts manager May 2015 – Sept 2016 – The Hunt Museum; Acting Curator of Education and Outreach; Limerick

Jan 2014 – May 2016 – World Within Walls project; Project Manager; Monaghan

Sept 2013 – Feb 2014 – National College of Art & Design; Glass Technician; Dublin

2009 – 2012 – Glasstorm Studio; Studio Assistant; Tain, Scotland


Fiona Byrne
Weissenbühlweg 8
3007 Bern
+353 87 9008311
Instagram: @f__byrne


Exhibitions & Residencies


  • ‘Drop-out’, Artist in Residence at Kloster Dornoch, Switzerland


  • Glass Art Society members exhibition (online), juried selection of members.

2015 – 2016

  • Commissioned by Health Service Executive, Ireland: community art work for World Within Walls project, Co. Monaghan, displayed at Monaghan County museum


  • Specially commissioned piece for Malaria Museum, exhibited at The Tropical Medical Bureau, Dublin
  • Artist in Residence, Glass Department, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland


  • Sept Swept Away Kept Together, South Tipperary Arts Centre Co. Tipperary, Ireland


  • July Dolly Mix, Mad Art Gallery, Dublin, group show


  • Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Future Makers 2009, National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
  • June Degree Show 2009, National College of Art and Design, Dublin


  • Why Can’t We All Get Along, The Back Loft, Dublin



  • Selected for inclusion on the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO programme
  • April Shortlisted finalist for the Golden Fleece Awards, one of ten artists shortlisted
  • Shortlisted for iAtelier Ireland part of a European wide programme to promote collaboration between traditional crafts and new technology


  • Talent Scotland Placement, funding towards year-long placement at Glasstorm studio. Included a weeklong residential business training course, Scotland


  • Contemporary Glass Society, received funding to attend North Lands Creative Glass (NLCG) Conference, Lybster, Scotland


  • Future Makers Award: Residencies and Training from Crafts Council of Ireland to attend master class with Meike Groot and Dana Zamecnikova
  • April Funding from the Friends of North Lands Fund to attend a master class with Meike Groot and Dana Zamecnikova


  • Half Scholarship to study at Pittsburg Glass School, USA