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2018 RDS Craft Awards Judging Panel

The RDS Craft Awards judging panel is an independent panel of craft & design professionals engaged by the RDS to assess and judge the awards. 


Judging Criteria

  • The quality of the work being put forward:
    • The work clearly shows an understanding of and places itself within contemporary craft practice;
    • The maker indicates an understanding of their materials and their modes of making;
    • The work potentially brings a new voice to their specific medium;
  • The clarity of the application:
    • The maker clearly articulates their practice, themes, and future plans;
    • The application form is clear, understandable, and the images provided communicate the work effectively;
  • There is a sense that the applicant has a future career as a professional craftsperson

2018 RDS Craft Awards Judging Panel

Róisín de Buitléar, Glass Artist (Chair)
Róisín de Buitléar is an artist and educator who has been working in the medium of glass as a primary material since 1983. She has completed many site-specific installations of blown and cast work, drawing her inspiration from her cultural heritage. These can be seen in public and private buildings throughout Ireland, including the Blasket Island Centre, Dunchaoin, Co. Kerry, National Botanical Gardens Dublin, W5 Belfast, Castle Espie Wetland Centre Strangford Lough Northern Ireland and Ballyroan public Library Dublin. She is an advocate for traditional Irish skills of glassmaking, curating, exhibiting and lecturing nationally and internationally. She is currently artist-in-residence at National Museum of Ireland for 2018.

Annie Warburton, Creative Director, Crafts Council UK
Creative Director Crafts Council UK where Annie directs the Crafts Council’s work in innovation, business development. Exhibitions, research and policy. She started her career in Dublin at the Crafts Council of Ireland and went on to work for a US publisher and launch a digital start up. Annie was CEO at ArtsMatrix and most recently Head of Partnerships at Creative Skillset, the creative industries’ skills council, working with the fashion, textiles, media and publishing industries.  Annie read economics and philosophy at the University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow of the RSA and an Associate of Newnham College, Cambridge.

Joe Hogan, Basketmaker & Author (Shortlisting Only)
Joe is a contemporary and traditional basketmaker and former RDS Award of Excellence winner in the RDS Craft Awards. He works from his studio in Connemara, Co. Galway. He grows his own willow and teaches basketmaking skills.  His practice allows him the opportunity to live rurally and to be involved in the entire process, from growing the material to making the finished object. His home and landscape have had a profound influence on the style and diversity of his work, encouraging him to explore and develop new designs based on old traditions. He has written two books on the craft, “Basketmaking in Ireland” (2001) and “Bare Branches, Blue Black Sky” (2011). Joe is a DCCoI Portfolio selected maker.


John Tynan, Head of Education, Training & Development, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
John Tynan is an education arts specialist in the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. He became a full-time art teacher in 1979 and has since taught and managed a diverse range of creative projects. He leads the DCCoI Education team including CRAFTed, designED, Futuremakers, Ceramics and Jewellery Skills Training and Education Outreach Programmes. He has been an examiner and assessor for key awarding bodies, recently contributing to the NCCA Senior Cycle Update in Art, Craft, Design. Since 2015 he has been Ireland’s judge on the EU “Future Lights” competition. He served on National Boards, was education strategy co-ordinator in Westminster, CEO & Principal of a London College as well as for many years working as a senior inspector of education and training. 

Siobhán Riordan, Managing Director, Alan Ardiff Jewellery
Siobhán has worked with Alan Ardiff for many years and helped his brand to become a leading designer/maker of jewellery in Ireland. The company now employs seven full-time staff and has had success in the export and e-market. She has worked on all aspects of designing and marketing the brand and identifying commercially successful designs. Siobhán has an MBA and is competent in financial management and company law. She has also mentored a range of craft & design enterprises particularly those who are seeking to establish themselves in the export market. She was a member of the former RDS Crafts Working Group.


Sara Flynn, Ceramic Artist (Interviews Only)
In her ceramic work, Sara is concerned with the challenges of throwing and how work is altered at varying stages of the drying process. Coupled with a constant exploration and understanding of form and volume, the main elements feeding the development of her work are process and finish. Understanding how to read and resolve form is fundamental to the progress and development of her practice. Work is fired in either gas or electric kilns to between 1240-1280° centigrade, offering a variety of colours and finishes ranging from complex blacks, warm and vibrant yellows to cool and subtle celadon greens and whites. Sara’s work focused exclusively on thrown and altered porcelain until 2016, when she produced a series of sculptural works in bronze. She graduated from Crawford College of Art in Design, Cork in 1998 with a Degree in Ceramic Design and now she works from her studio in Belfast.



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