NSF Artist Interviews


NSF Summer Interviews is new series of video interviews with current NSF studio artists, filmed during summer of 2021. It is intended to capture a snapshot of the daily activities on the factory floor, and gain an insight into the practices of artists by focusing on their research, materials and behind-the-scenes processes.

Sophie Longwill

Sophie Longwill completed a joint major BA (Hons) in Glass and History of Art and Design in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 2016. Her work has been selected for national and international exhibitions, and can be found in the permanent collections of Irish Life, Dublin, Kildare County Council, the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Czech Republic and the International Biennale of Glass Collection, Bulgaria. Longwill’s work captures fleeting moments in delicate paper-thin glass. Her current series, Nubivagant (Cloud Wanderer), is a series of kilnformed glass vessels inspired by dramatic skies and explorations of time and perception. Works from this series are currently on exhibit in the Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool until October 31st as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival and at the International Biennale of Glass in the Bulgarian National Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria until November 7th.

To find out more visit www.longwillstudio.com


Philip Williams

Philip Williams received the 2020 residency award for a graduate of Fine Art in MTU Crawford College of Art & Design

“Through my work I want the viewer to question their reality through their own perception. I believe that it is necessary for people to question their surroundings and how they perceive it and my work aims to shine a light on how what the viewer may perceive as reality can be changed and altered. I believe Reality is as frail as what we can perceive and if I can show how much our perception of something that isn’t moving or changing can be altered, then reality might seem less definite.
The idea of unseen elements has been within scientific theory for centuries and my research focuses on many theories that embrace the existence of an accessible dimension above what we can understand.”

For more info visit @philwilliams_visualartist


Nuala O’Donovan

Nuala O’Donovan is an Irish artist living and working in Cork City. She makes sculptural work based on research into the patterns and geometry of natural forms. Her practice involves the close study of plants and growth systems from which she develops her work. Her particular interest is in pattern in nature as a form of narrative. Her work has been exhibited and published widely and forms part of the collection of the National Museums Ireland, Ulster Museum, Northern Ireland and the National Art Collection at the Crawford Gallery of Art. O’Donovan has been the recipient of many awards including the RDS Contemporary Ceramics Award, the Golden Fleece Award 2019, and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, Residency Award 2020.

For more info visit www.nualaodonovanartist.com/


Seiko Hayase

Seiko is a Japanese artist based in Mallow, Co. Cork who works with painting, sculpture, mixed-media, installation and video work. She is a member of Sample Studios and completed her large scale sculpture ‘Egg-Correction of Emotion’ at the National Sculpture Factory.

For more info visit www.seikohayase.art