Brenda is delighted to announce that a selection of her brooches is now available at The Design Loft, Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. The Design Loft at Powerscourt showcases quality Irish designers and makers in the stunning surroundings of Powerscourt Estate.
Brenda Biggar designs and hand-paints a wide range of porcelain brooches, vases, plates, candlesticks and other decorative items and giftware. She has exhibited and sold at Ireland’s National Crafts and Design Fair for many years, as well as art galleries in New York, Dublin and Sofia. In November 2018, she took part in Art Source, Ireland's Premier Art Fair.
Brenda uses a variety of techniques and materials to alter the surface and characteristics of the white porcelain that serves as a base to her craft.This enables her to create unique, unusual and beautiful designs. She highlights the main features of her work by judicious use of relief and other textured surfaces, often coated in 24 carat gold, as well as platinum, copper and lustres. All Brenda's work is individually hand-painted, and she never uses transfers.
Each piece is kiln-fired, often many times, at temperatures ranging from 720 to 900 degrees centigrade - which ensures a durability of surface similar to factory-produced items.
Brenda graduated from University College Dublin with a science degree but turned to painting when her children were young. She received an excellent grounding in traditional techniques in Geneva, where she was living at the time, and continued to broaden her repertoire on her return to Dublin. She has attended workshops and courses in England, Wales, Switzerland and the United States. She has also taken advantage of her scientific background to develop a number of new techniques and approaches through rigorous experimentation.
Brenda has taught porcelain painting in Ireland and New York.
All pieces are unique, once off designs