Distinguished International Artist

Sonja Landweer was born in Amsterdam in 1933 and studied ceramics at the Amsterdam School of Industrial Design. In 1965 she was invited to teach at the Kilkenny Design Workshop where she was artist in residence and she currently lives and works in Co. Kilkenny. Landweer is distinguished internationally for her jewellery, ceramics and bronze works.

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Works are Inspired by Nature

As an internationally acclaimed artist Landweer exhibits great skill, versatility and talent. Predominantly her work is inspired by textures, forms and colours found within the natural world, these influences can be seen throughout her practice, from her organic seed and plant forms to her circular vessels.

Her artistic career has developed and spread into other genres such as drawing, painting, printmaking and contemporary jewellery. In 1981 Landweer became a member of Aosdana and continues to exhibit regularly both nationally and internationally.

Solo Exhibitions

  • A Life’s Work, Visual Art Centre, Carlow, 2011
  • Knottings, Brigitte Moser Gallery, Zug, Switzerland, 2005
  • Retrospective, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, 2004
  • Retrospective, Designyard, Templebar, Dublin, 2002
  • Surprise – Surprise Body Adornment, Rudolf Heltzel Gallery, Kilkenny, 2001
  • Cretan Knots – Nerve Ends, Franshals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands, Knots, Monofilament, Museum Textil Forum, Jutland, Denmark, 1998
  • Cretan Knots, Gallerie Tactus, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1997
  • Cretan Journey, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, 1996
  • Slate and Bone, Brigitte Moser Gallery, Zug, Switzerland, 1993
  • Inlaid Stoneware, Leather and Textile Fibre, Rudolf Heltzel Gallery, Kilkenny, 1991
  • Paper Rhythms, Rudolf Heltzel Gallery, Kilkenny, 1990
  • Sculptural Body Pieces in Paper and Slate Combined with Bone, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 1990
  • Arcane Ornament, Paper and Slate Body Sculpture, Taylor Gallery, Dublin, 1989
  • Lightweight Adornment Tissue Paper and Handmade Paper, Taylor Gallery, Dublin, 1989
  • Body Sculpture: Inlaid Clay, Rudolf Heltzel Gallery, Kilkenny, 1988

Group Exhibitions

  • Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, 2013
  • Out of the Marvellous, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, 2012-2013
  • 21st Century Icons, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin, 2011
  • Herinner-Ring:Remember-Ring, Gallery Expoarte, Oslo, Norway; Sandström Dewit, Linköping, Sweden; Galerie Cebra, Düsseldorf, Germany; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, 2009
  • Herinner-Ring:Remember-Ring, Galerie Beeld en Aambeeld, Enschede, The Netherlands,2008
  • Image of Longing, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, 2008
  • SOFA Chicago, USA, 2007
  • Sierwerk, Museum Nairac, Barneveld, The Netherlands, 2007
  • Ballade Irlandaise, Embargo Gallery, Paris, France, 2006
  • SOFA Chicago, USA, 2006
  • Fenton Gallery, Cork,2006
  • Gallery Ra, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,2006
  • More than Metal, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 2006
  • Quartets in Materials, RAI Jewellery, Silver and Design Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2005
  • Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, 2005-2008


  • Textile Museum, The Netherlands
  • National Museum of Ireland
  • Ulster Museum, Belfast
  • Numerous private collections nationally and internationally