Rhind, Ethel (fl. early 20th c.)

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Rhind, Ethel (fl. early 20th c.)

Irish artist. Born in Bengal, India; date of death unknown; educated at Londonderry High School; the School of Art, Belfast; and the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art; member of the Guild of Irish Artworkers.

Ethel Rhind was born in Bengal, India, but was educated and worked in Ireland. After she attended Londonderry High School and the School of Art, Belfast, Rhind was awarded a scholarship to study mosaic at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art in 1902. Six years later, her window in the Old Court Chapel in Strangford, County Down, won first prize at the Royal Dublin Society. Rhind's specialty was creating mosaics from glass set into the plaster of a wall, a technique known as "opus sectile." She used this method in designing the stations of the cross at St. Edna's Church in Spiddal, County Galway. Rhind worked at Sarah Purser's Dublin workshop, An Túr Gloine (Tower of Glass), and also designed pieces for Grangegorman Church in Dublin and Magheralin Church in County Down. She was a member of the Guild of Irish Artworkers and exhibited her work at the Arts and Crafts Society of Ireland in 1910, 1917, and 1921.

Maria Sheler Edwards , freelance writer, Ypsilanti, Michigan