Sean O'Donoghue

"I was born in Ireland in 1959. At age 15, I began passionately pursuing what was to become a life-long career working with glass. I became a master-blower at the renowned Waterford Crystal, where I estimate I made over one and a half million pieces, including stemware, vases, bowls, decanters and chandeliers during my 15 years working there."

Seeking a new challenge, Sean moved to Adelaide, Australia in 1987. He began working with well-known glass artist Nick Mount before moving to Melbourne to gain experience in a number of glass-blowing studios, including Richard Morrell’s studio and the Meat Market Craft Centre.

In 2006, Sean moved to Noosa, Queensland, where he set up his own studio, Hot Stuff Glass Studio & Gallery, the only electric glass studio in Australia and one of only a handful in the world. Motivated by his concern for waste and the environment, Sean uses recycled solar panels to make glass.

Throughout Sean’s career, he’s successfully attended and sold works at craft shows throughout Australia and the USA. During 1997 – 2007, Sean regularly exhibited at shows in New York and San Francisco.  In 2013, he spent three months teaching glass-blowing in Nairobi; an exciting experience sharing his skills on the edge of a National Park.

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