Biography

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Aoife Soden was born in Cavan, Ireland in 1975. As a child she moved to Australia and Papua New Guniea where her childhood was spent exploring the outdoors. 

After returning to Brisbane, Australia, Aoife trained as a primary teacher. She received a Bachelor of Teaching (1996), from The Australian Catholic University and a Bachelor of Education (2001), from Queensland University of Technology. Aoife spent thirteen years teaching in Australia and Ireland and traveling the world before returning to her first passion, art. 

 

Aoife completed a Bachelor of Design in Glass and History of Art and Design at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2012 receiving first class honours. As part of her studies at NCAD Aoife completed an International Student Exchange at Southern Illinois University in 2011. Aoife completed a Leonardo da Vinci work placement in Denmark in 2012. In 2013 she completed research into 'Glass Studios of Ebeltoft' having received a Thomas Damman Junior Award. She continued to work as an assistant for a number of studios in the Ebeltoft area and at the Glass Museum Ebeltoft. From 2015- 2018 Aoife was the Studio Manager at Ebeltoft Glass Museum's hotshop. In this role as well as managerial duties she developed and delivered audience activities,  blew production glass for the museum and facilitated guest artists such as Raven Skyriver, Ned Cantrell, The De La Torres Brothers and Clare Belfrage. 

During this period Aoife continued to develop and exhibit her own unique art glass work. She also developed her own functional glass range and . Aoife now runs  is now concentrating on her own glass production line and glass art work. Aoife also attended Pilchuck glass school both as a student and as a teaching assistant on a number of occasions. 

Her work has been exhibited in numerious exhibitions worldwide including 'Elements', Shengling Gallery Shanghai China (2012), Elements Art Shanghai (2012) and 'Engaging With Glass', Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA, US (2012), Gather Shanghai China Xuhai Art Museum (2013),  International Biennale of Glass (2018 & 2019), Glass is Biotiful, France (2020). She also completed a artist residencies in Nuutajärvi Glass Village in Finland in 2016 and Leitrum Sculpture Centre (2019). In 2018 she presented a solo exhibition Baunhøj Mølle in Grenaa and was awarded the Irish Future Makers Emerging Maker Prize of 2020 from The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.