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Glass Display by Emma Bourke

February 19 @ 15:00 - 16:00

A new Display at Strokestown featuring the work of Emma Bourke, Glass Artist.

To see Emma Bourke talk about her process and artwork on Sunday the 19th of February 2023 at 3 pm please call 071-9633013 to book your free place.

A display of miniature glass sculptures, created by a Mayo-based glass artist and inspired by the plants in the gardens of Strokestown Park, is currently on display in the Visitor Centre of the new National Famine Museum.

Emma Bourke is a glass artist whose work is inspired by folklore, cultural identity, and the medicinal uses of plants.  Her delicate creations of glass wildflowers and plants are intricate yet miniature in scale.

During 2020, Emma spent time in Strokestown Park, sketching plants in the gardens and using these sketches and her experience in Strokestown to create a series of unique glass sculptures. Each botanical-themed sculpture is made from “lamp-worked” glass: a more robust type of glass used to make scientific instruments. Using a small torch, the glass is worked in stages, allowing the artist to return to the piece again.  Emma works by painstakingly creating hundreds of miniature elements before assembling them into a finished piece.

A native of County Mayo, Emma Bourke studied Craft Design at the National College of Art & Design before pursuing a master’s degree in Glass at the University of Sunderland. Based in Westport, Emma’s work is in the collections of the National Museum of Ireland, Corning Museum of Glass (New York) and Mayo County Council.

The exhibition runs at the National Famine Museum until March 2023.  


February 19
15:00 - 16:00


Strokestown Park