Wednesday 17 January 2018

Five minutes with self-taught glass artist Fergus Quearney

Glass maker Fergus Quearney. Photo: Mark Condren
Glass maker Fergus Quearney. Photo: Mark Condren
Dermot Bannon. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan
Heinz painting by artist Orla Walsh
Pantone paint by Fleetwood Prestige in Dark Citrone

Fergus is a native of Dublin and is a self-taught glass artist. He creates three-dimensional art pieces using copper wire and glass. Having previously worked in horticulture, his love of nature shines through in his work. He is among the Art Loft exhibitors (see below left) at House 2016.

Size matters

Be aware of the space you're decorating - there's no point in putting a huge piece of art onto a small wall, or vice-versa.

Love it or forget about it

Buy the piece you want to buy - because you like it, not just because it's on trend. You should be able to look a picture in 10 years and still get something out of it.

Nature doesn't get it wrong

I'm really inspired by the colours in nature because if you look at flowers, trees and even animals, they never clash. Never mind colour charts, if you're decorating your home just look at natural tones and how they match and blend.

Watch the clock

A clock is a simple way to add decor. The only room that shouldn't have a clock is the bedroom.

Inspiration is everywhere

The biggest influence for me is nature and the environment around us. In my work, the glass and the panels represent the change and the moods of the landscape, the colours represent the different tones of the year.

Colour blocking

Pantone paint by Fleetwood Prestige in Dark Citrone

Give your home a new hue with the Prestige collection from Fleetwood. The Cavan paint brand has teamed up with colour experts Pantone to create a range of stylish shades in matt, soft sheen and satinwood finishes. From €38.99/2.5l at stockists nationwide, see

This week we're...

...being Inspired

Love decor? Then you won't want to miss House 2016, running this weekend at Dublin's RDS. From designers to craftspeople and high-end brands, the show features everything you need for a home style injection. Don't miss Weekend columnist Dermot Bannon on the Miele Inspiration Stage today and tomorrow, where he'll be talking about the fundamentals of architecture. And get advice for your own home at the Design Clinic running all weekend.

...Starting a collection

Our Dermot does like to make a statement, and what better way to do it than with a piece of original art? Art Loft at House 2016 brings together more than 40 artists and galleries to show the best of contemporary Irish art. Budding collectors can choose from the colourful works on display or commission their own unique piece from the likes of Orla Walsh, who brings her colourful Heinz paintings to the show. Buy tickets at the door or at

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