Karl Harron, born in Belfast 1953 is a respected and successful Glass Artist now based in Northern Ireland. With an emphasis on design-led, innovative work, his distinctive style is characterised by the subtle tones and complex mark making created by exploiting a third element within the body of his pieces, created at the interface between reactive glasses.
His aesthetic vision demonstrates a profound appreciation of processes and critical enquiry, Harron has facilitated International Masterclasses, established professional Glass Studios, authored Accredited glass courses and his work is held in Private and Public Collections throughout the world.
After 20 years of “making” with glass, looking at its’ surface, underneath and through it, Karl made a personal realisation that was to change forever his creative perception of the material.
When he fused specific glasses together they reacted at their interfaces to create a 3rd element “within” the body of the piece. Although emerging out of the same process no two pieces are identical, each being created anew allowing for an organic growth of form. Through engaging with the material in both fluid and solid states it can reveal delicate designs not usually associated with glass.
Karl was Educated at Campbell College and University of Ulster Faculty of Art and Design Belfast. Proprietor of Private GlasStudio, participating artist in Masterclasses at North Lands Creative Glass Caithness and Visiting Lecturer at Ceramics Department University of Ulster and Metals & Glass Department National College of Art and Design Dublin Ireland. Participated in 3rd Level Teachers Forum sponsored by Bullseye Glass Co. Portland Oregon USA and speaker at University of Wolverhampton Glass Dept,. England UK.
Member of the Glass Society of Ireland Contemporary Makers and the British Society of Master Glass Painters. Central Advisor and Art Acquisition Panelist for Arts Council of
N. Ireland and Registered Professional Craftworker with The Crafts Council of Ireland. National Register of Makers Crafts Council Resource Centre London UK.
" Harron's status within the world of Irish glass was recently confirmed by the purchase of yet another piece of his work by the National Museum of Ireland for its permanent Collection. This, for any artist, is a mark of high achievement. Not only is it highly flattering, but it is a mark of recognition that the work is important in a wider context. It makes the artist part of something bigger, a story going forward into history."
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