1st Prize RDS Award of Excellence and California Gold Medal
at  The Royal Dublin Society National Crafts Competition IRL.

Karl Harron glass artist and master craftsman receives prestigious Award at Royal Dublin Society.

“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.”
Design Portfolio Irish Arts Review Dublin IRL.

Lot No: 156
‘Tomb Vessel #0309 (containing artefacts)’ a glass sculpture

Lot No: 155
‘Dolmen Cairn #0309 (containing artefacts)’, a glass sculpture

“We are excited to announce our first sale of Modern and Contemporary Glass scheduled to take place on May 19th at our New Bond Street rooms in London UK. The sale will be composed of glass from 1950 to the present day and Karl Harron is one of only fifteen British glass artists invited to make work for this prestigious event”.
Bonhams in association with Dan Klein Associates


“At first glance it’s possible to mistake Karl Harron’s work for ceramic, and intriguing ceramic work at that, given his creations are glass, but without the transparent quality we associate with that material. The finished products reflect the complex processes involved in their making, playing on translucency, light and physical depth that elevate this work to art-form.”

Carol O’Callaghan Editor. The Great Indoors Magazine Edition 1 Vol. 1

Ireland: In Pursuit of Craft.
” Newtownards is home base to Karl Harron, probably the foremost proponent of kiln-fused glass in Ireland.”

Beverly Sanders Senior Editor American Craft Magazine

This exhibition includes work by Ireland’s leading crafts people. These are makers with international reputations, whose work is collected by Irish and international museums and institutions. Seeing the work at the RHA emphasises the increasing irrelevance of an art/craft divide and places the work in an appropriate aesthetic context. Some of the languages and materials of art and craft are different, and craft may seem more connected to material and utility. Look beyond those initial ideas and histories however, to discover layers of richness and meaning. Karl Harron layers “a sense of aeons of creation” and “the formation of the land itself” into his glass”.

The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) Dublin IRL.

Collect Saatchi Galleries Kings Road Chelsea London UK.

“This year’s selection of work at Collect focuses on formal simplicity. Karl’s work is characterized by clean lines and bold, volumetric forms, whilst never losing touch with the materials and processes of its’ creation. The work draws explicitly on vernacular traditions of making, but is infused with an entirely contemporary sensibility. The term I am using to describe it is ‘complex simplicity’, which refers to the depth of skill needed in order to produce clean, simple forms with such conviction.”

Ann Mulrooney Curator National Craft Gallery Ireland.