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WELCOME / Fáilte

In recent times people all over the world are seeking to buy and give objects that have more substance behind them.Brilliant design has always been essential but the story behind the making of the object is becoming more important; the choice of materials and technique, where something was made and who made it, all combine to add value, desirability and exclusivity.This marriage of design, materials and craftsmanship is alive and well here in Ireland, which in 2013 is brimming with fresh thinking, contemporary design ideas and new approaches to making. This is a short guide to contemporary craft and design on our Creative Island. Enjoy!

Belfast’s Derek Wilson is a ceramicist whose reputation is growing in the design world with recent features in The Ceramic Review and Elle Decoration among

“My practice as a ceramicist centres on the making of a diverse range of contemporary objects – from the functional to the sculptural.”


Words: Alanna Gallagher Brian McGeeDesign: CodyDelahunty [email protected] Illustration: Peter Donnelly

For more information about Irish craft visit or email [email protected]

Crafts Council of Ireland

Castle Yard, Kilkenny, Ireland T: +353 (0)56 776 1804, F: +353 (0)56 776 3754 [email protected]

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EASTCow’s Lane Designer Studio DublinRachel Swan Goldsmith DublinArtworks Pottery Studio & Café DublinDesign Tower Dublin Djinn Jewellery DublinProject 51 DublinBarry Doyle Design Jewellers DublinIrish Design Shop DublinCeltic Roots Studio WestmeathCore Crafted Design Westmeath

SOUTH AND EASTCarol Smith Millinery Design WicklowAMOC Jewellery WicklowHill Picket Studio WicklowGeoffrey Healy Pottery WicklowThe Artisans of Russborough WicklowPaul Maloney Pottery WexfordCreations by Annette Whelan WexfordThe Potters Yard WexfordCeadogán Rugs WexfordKiltrea Bridge Pottery WexfordFelix Faulkner Jewellery Studio WaterfordThe Irish Handmade Glass Co. WaterfordArdmore Pottery & Gallery WaterfordCushendale Woollen Mills KilkennyKaren Morgan Porcelain KilkennyThe Bridge Pottery KilkennyClay Creations KilkennyCastle Arch Pottery KilkennyMoth to a Flame KilkennyNicholas Mosse KilkennyJerpoint Glass KilkennyCastlecomer Estate Yard KilkennyDe Bruir Design Ltd KildareBasket Barn KildareTreasure Kildare

NORTH AND EASTEssenC Design CavanBear Essentials CavanFalling Leaves from Fallen Trees LouthThe Crock LouthSwallows Studio MonaghanJoe Laird Woodturning MeathArchitectural Furniture MeathThomas Diem Pottery MeathSeamus Cassidy Woodturner Meath

NORTH AND WESTThe Design House DonegalHandwoven Tweed DonegalStudio Donegal DonegalDonegal Craft Village DonegalAn Clachán Donegal Buttermarket Courtyard FermanaghBelleek Pottery Fermanagh Leitrim Design House Leitrim Ballytoughey Loom MayoThe Pinerack MayoFoxford Woollen Mills MayoFrances Crowe, Fibre Artist RoscommonThe Claypipe Centre RoscommonThomas Callery Ceramics SligoLynda Gault Ceramics SligoO’Riain Pottery SligoRachel Quinn Ceramics SligoThe Cat & The Moon SligoBenbulben Pottery SligoBreeogue Pottery Sligo

SOUTH AND WESTBallymorris Pottery ClareGleeson Goldsmiths ClareCronin’s Forge CorkKinsale Pottery & Arts Centre CorkThe Old Pottery CorkUrsela Tramski KerryLisbeth Mulcahy Weaving KerryKerry Crafted Glass KerryThe Blue Pool Gallery KerryKerry Woollen Mills KerryLouis Mulcahy Pottery KerryGoose Island Workshop KerryBombyx Mori GalwayAlan Gaillard Stoneware Pottery GalwayCeardlann GalwayConnemara Candles GalwayLiving Ginger Designs GalwayConnemara Celtic Crystal GalwayBone Carving Studio and Gallery Galway

TRAVEL GUIDE Treoir Thaistil

DINE ON CREATIVITYThe Kilkenny Shop has a long tradition of supporting Irish crafts. The gallery style premises at Shanagarry Design Centre enjoys a dramatic coastal backdrop and there are studios onsite where you can work up an appetite for lunch by taking a painting class with Phil Davis or letting the kids explore arts and crafts with Anne O’Riordan. In the artisan cafe you can eat and drink from tableware made by local makers. Here you can buy potter Stephen Pearce’s signature Shanagarry collection or you can visit the potter’s showroom, only a stone’s throw away, and take a tour of the work rooms before repairing to nearby Ballymaloe House where you can enjoy first-class food served on the potter’s classic tableware. The Kilkenny Shop has a great regional spread so you can find a store near

There are more than 2,700 craft studios in Ireland registered with the Crafts Council of Ireland. Many are open for visitors to experience the design and making process first-hand. Here is a snapshot of some of the most interesting places to visit and learn more about the provenance and authenticity of Irish craft.


TALENT SPOTTERRowan Gillespie’s statue of Yeats outside the Ulster Bank on Stephen Street is Sligo’s best known monument. A short walk across the Garavogue River takes you to The Cat & The Moon gallery, the north-west’s tribute to Irish craft and design. Founded by jeweller Martina Hamilton in 1989, the Castle Street premises is a great place to watch the goldsmith at work and survey the wide range of home-grown talent she has on


CARLOW COOLBunbury Boards is a very modern Anglo Irish story. The beautifully made hardwood boards are fashioned from trees that have fallen on the beautiful old 19th Century estate, Lisnavagh, where the Bunburys have been in situ for generations. William McClintock Bunbury’s board business has breathed new life into its woodlands and buildings, and is returning the estate to being the community employer it once was. Each Bunbury Board is individually stamped and coded. This code, when entered on their website, reveals the story of the tree from which the board was born, and what the Bunburys have done to replace that tree.

IRISH CRAFT STUDIO EXPERIENCETake the scenic route and discover Ireland’s hidden craft corners. The Crafts Council of Ireland and Fáilte Ireland have joined forces to help holidaymakers find the best studio experiences in Ireland. The Irish Craft Studio Experience features 83 quality studios around the country and is available as a map online and in tourist offices. Look out for the road signs to help guide you on your

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WATERFORD MUST-DOArdmore Pottery & Gallery is run by potter-turned-retailer Mary Lincoln who set up shop in the sunny south-east town in 1983. As one of the country’s chief proponents of Irish craft and design, her establishment sells the work of some 150 makers with every product featured made in Ireland. You can visit her studio and see her functional tableware being thrown, fired and decorated on-site. Afterwards, repair to the gallery where an open fire is a fundamental part of the Céad Míle Fáilte experience. An afternoon spent browsing is thirsty work. Why not pay a visit to the nearby Cliff House Hotel? Snuggle under a blanket hand-made by Eddie Doherty in Ardara, Co. Donegal and drink in the spectacular views in one of Ireland’s chicest five-star boutique hotels.

Southern belle

OF DONEGALSweet home

KILKENNY – THE PURRFECT WEEKEND GETAWAYKilkenny boasts the country’s best established craft trails with makers work also on show in cafes, bars and restaurants across the county. In the Marble City the pottery in the café at Zuni, for example, is from Rosemarie Durr in Castlecomer. Zuni’s wooden serving boards are made by Eddy Fogarty, another local craftsman. At Castle Yard visit the National Craft Gallery, the home of the original Kilkenny Design Workshops. Have lunch in the Design Centre served on plates by Ray Power of Castle Arch Pottery. In the north visit Castlecomer Discovery Park to check out its coal mining past and contemporary craft scene. Head south to Kilfane Glen and Waterfall, a romantic secret garden owned by potter Nicholas Mosse that is a delight to visit on a summer’s day. You can visit the potter’s studio in nearby Bennettsbridge. A leisurely 15-minute drive takes you on to Thomastown, a town that dates back to medieval times. Set on the banks of the river Nore, Grennan Mill Craft School is housed in an 18th Century grain mill. Its students learn the skills of pottery, textiles, woodturning and glass making. The Inn at Ballilogue Clochán, run by designer Pat McCarthy, is a chic hostelry to bed down for the


Visit Donegal Natural Soap in Kilraine outside Glenties, a town that doubled as the fictitious Ballybeg in the film version of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. A short drive will take you over the Blue Stack Mountains to Ardara. Visit Studio Donegal in nearby Kilcar. A short distance from the village you can pay your respects to nature at the free-to-visit Slieve League’s sea cliffs, said to be the highest in Europe and the thinking man’s alternative to the Cliffs of

WEST CORKThe cultural melting pot that is West Cork boasts a list of celebrity residents that includes actor Jeremy Irons, veteran Newsnight host, Jeremy Paxman and local boy turned chat show king, Graham Norton. The West Cork Craft & Design Guild reflects the wide range of nationalities who call the place home. English painter and ceramicist David Seeger, a contemporary of David Hockney, makes urns that offer art in three dimensions; Christina Roser’s Scandinavian roots and training manifest in her felt egg cosies, one of the region’s best value souvenirs while Rory Conner’s handcrafted knives, Robert Lee’s ceramics and Eleanor Calnan’s West Cork Irish Lace fly the flag for local talent. This region is also foodie heaven. John and Sally McKenna’s guides will take you on a smorgasbord of gastro pubs, producers and secret eateries that you’ll find impossible to resist. The Heron Gallery, in Ahakista, near Bantry or its sister premises in Schull on the nearby Mizen Peninsula, is another must-visit. The work of artist and gallery owner Annabel Langrish depicts native Irish wildlife and has a timeless feel. A short drive east to Kinsale to check out the sartorial skills of Irish fashion label Charlotte and Jane is worth the diversion.

Donegal may be All Ireland football champions but the county remains one of Ireland’s least visited. That is its unique selling point. The south of the county is fast becoming one of the country’s best-known craft corners. You can also explore gaeltachts galore.

A one-stop shop of the best Ireland has to offer


Image: Fáilte Ireland

This is the sharp observation of basket maker Joe Hogan, who weaves his baskets using traditional natural willows grown at Loch na Fooey in Co. Galway. Take time to explore the hinterlands from where he reaps his raw materials. Try fishing on Lough Mask, one of the country’s top brown trout lakes or take the scenic route between Lough Corrib and Lough Mask into

“If you go too fast, you miss what’s special about anywhere.”


Explore Ireland’s many craft trails. Unearth Yeats’ country with the help of Made in Sligo; West Cork Craft reveals the region’s magic and MADE in Kilkenny introduces the county’s creative delights. As well as Sligo, Cork and Kilkenny, local craft trails have also been set up in Westmeath, Leitrim, Donegal,Galway and Kerry. Take to the road and follow an established craft trail or search online and pick one or two of the featured craft studios in the heart of the countryside.

For more details

Trail blazer

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FASHION / Faisean

WESTPORT CO. MAYOCarraig Donn is 100 per cent Irish owned and operated. Its manufacturing plant, dispatch centre, online store and central warehouse are all operated from their Co. Mayo headquarters, located on Lodge Road in Westport. The business, which started in the 1960s on Inis Mór, is Ireland’s largest home-based knitwear manufacturer. Its ability to contemporarise the classic Aran sweater and adapt it to modern wardrobes has revitalised this classic knit. County Derry-born, London-based, Irish fashion designer, JW Anderson’s use of the knit in his collections has also helped drive new interest from high fashion.

LOUTH LUXEEdmund McNulty’s less-is-more designer knitwear for men is inspired by the colours of his native Donegal. “It is not enough to only design clothing,” says McNulty whose collections sell very successfully in Japan where buyers appreciate his innovation and hand-crafted finish. “You must also have an understanding of the business of fashion,” says Edmund who is now based in Drogheda, Co. Louth. Japan is a “very sophisticated” market. It accounts for 50 per cent of his business. “Japan recognises the idea of slow fashion and the use of good fibres and strong design.”

“Japan recognises the idea of slow fashion and the use of good fibres and strong design.”

Ireland has brought the terms brogue and Aran to fashion’s vernacular. These items form part of our heritage but their DNA is evident in the work of contemporary Irish fashion designers who continue to weave the crafts skills of their forefathers into their creations.

Irish knitwear big in Japan Less sells more in the Far East

Island EDGE

KEEP IT SIMPLESimple silhouettes let texture do the talkingPhotography: Barry McCall Styling: Catherine Condell

WEEKEND LAYERINGOlive coloured crombie coat, Helen McAlinden Weekend Collection; red hooded cable-knit sweater, Aran Crafts; silk patterned scarf, Lisa Ryder; cashmere and lambswool dress (worn underneath sweater) Lisa Shawgi; red patent leather Áine bag, Ana Faye. WRAP UP

WARMVintage-style high sided red beret, Wendy Louise Designs; tufted wool coat in black with royal blue accents, made-to-order, Heli Designs.

DOCTOR WHO DANDYMerino wool and alpaca blend round neck sweater, oversize kid mohair striped scarf, both Edmund McNulty; red cord trousers, Magee.

OFF DUTY EDGELeopard print trilby, Shevlin Millinery; faux fur jacket, Jack Murphy; pale blue merino hooded sweater, Edel MacBride; mustard shorts, Edith at Fashion Hothouse; reversible patchwork bucket-bag, Hanna Hats.

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FASHION / Faisean JEWELLERY / Seodra

DIVINE DUBLIN-MADE DESIGNSYvonne Ryan is an Irish designer who launched her fashion jewellery collection, Eve Ella in 2005. In 2012 she debuted her eponymous fine jewellery line at Arnotts and Loulerie. The Unicorn Collection comprises designs that are “mini sculptures that can move”, the designer explains.

Crafting the


Adornment is a practice that is as old as our Celtic past. While the well-known historic designs of our heritage continue to inspire today’s gold and silversmiths, the hand-made creations of this generation of craftspeople are influenced by contemporary design and making. New technologies also feature as jewellery design and making adapts to the 21st Century landscape.

I want to be



DUBLIN WORKROOMSPhotographer Peter Love is the brains behind Fashion Hothouse, a CMT (cut, make and trim) practice situated in a listed building that offers up-and-coming fashion designers access to the Irish rag trade’s best back room staff; including pattern drafters, cutters and samplers. They also have partner companies offering photography services, online and social media marketing campaigns and website set-ups, that can help fledgling names gain exposure.

LABELS TO LOVEThe Design Centre in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, a Georgian mansion that has been transformed into a boutique shopping centre, just off Dublin’s Grafton Street, is home to some of the nation’s best home-grown fashion labels. Must-buys include Claire O’Connor clothing and vintage-inspired Bonzie Designs.

PROJECT RUNWAYProject 51 is an Irish designer boutique and collective located on Dublin’s South William Street. Their ever-changing roster of labels includes makers working in the studio space to the rear of the shop. This set-up means that designers can get direct feedback from their customers, with many clients getting involved in the design process- especially if they have commissioned something custom made. Check out Jennifer Rothwell’s signature

ARTIST IN RESIDENCEJeweller Ann Chapman runs Stonechat Jewellers in Dublin’s Westbury Mall. The designer also stocks some of Ireland’s rising jewellery stars including Des Doyle, Marion Woodburn and Michael O’

KILKENNY SKILLS SCHOOLSince it launched in 1993, the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course has garnered a strong reputation of nurturing Ireland’s next generation of jewellers. The two-year intensive course specialises in the tradition of precious metals and gemstones, covering design, quantity production techniques and manufacture. Da Capo’s Lee Harding and Sé O’Donoghue both trained at the school. Birr native Cathal Barber, who collaborated on a piece that was presented to Michelle Obama on the occasion of her state visit to Ireland in 2011, is another name to watch who was educated at the

Growing the next

Boutique style

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01 Garrett Mallon Jewellery Designs 02 03 Maureen Lynch Jewellery 04 Saba Jewellery 05 LAF Designs 06 Breda Haugh 07 Enibas 08 Juvi Designs 09 Elena Brennan Jewellery 10 Declan Killen Goldsmith 11 Artysmarty 12 Claddagh Design 13 Enibas 14 Martina Hamilton Collection 15 Juvi Designs


Fine jewellery and fashion names to covet

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THE MASTER No trip to the Marble City is complete without a visit to German-born Rudolf Heltzel’s Patrick Street establishment. A designer whose work is shown and collected internationally, Heltzel set up and led the trail-blazing gold and silver studios at the Kilkenny Design Workshops in 1966. His son Christopher has taken charge of the day to day management of the business.

BE INDEPENDENTBreda Haugh uses age old goldsmithing techniques to craft her collections which are inspired by Irish design and history, and meant to be worn by independent

FORGE A RELATIONSHIP WITH MAUREEN LYNCHGoldsmith Maureen Lynch describes her signature style as “sophisticated simplicity”. Her new Forged collection marks 21 years in

DECORATIVE ART“My designs have a strong sculptural aesthetic,” explains Portlaoise-based goldsmith Helena Malone. Visit her at her town centre

ANIMAL MAGNETISMTasmanian born, Dublin-based Angela Cuthill makes fun and affordable fashion jewellery under the label Artysmarty. Her animal motif necklaces are beloved by fashion girls. Artysmarty is sold in museum shops like The Tate and the National Gallery of

MAKE A STATEMENTJulie Danz and Vincent Tynan are the design team behind Juvi Designs, a collection of statement necklaces, rings and bracelets that celebrate the natural beauty of semi-precious stones.

Success overseasKILKENNY PRIZEWINNERGoldsmith and Manager of the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course in Kilkenny, Eimear Conyard, won best guest artist award at the 36th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in November 2012. Her pared-back balanced designs use precious metals and semi-precious stones and are practical enough for everyday wear. As a result of her win she will be showing at Chicago’s SOFA Art and Design Fair in November 2013 through the Snyderman

NEW NAME TO COVET JLB Jewellery, made by Dublin-based goldsmith Janice Louise Byrne, is a new name to covet. The finely detailed work of her Caillte collection won her the Showcase Product of the Year award in 2012.

Chic ShoppingGLITTERING LIGHTArnotts department store’s recently launched jewellery hall showcases the work of many talented Irish designers including Martina Hamilton (see page 3), Juvi Designs, Yvonne Ryan and Button & Co, who all offer adornment options that are imagined, designed and made in Ireland.

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DUBLIN’S FAIR CITYOn Nassau Street, beside Trinity College, visit Kilkenny Shop for a great array of Irish craft products. Around the corner on South Frederick Street, Design Yard stocks contemporary fine jewellery and craft from top Irish designers. Nearby, in the heart of Temple Bar’s cultural quarter, Cow’s Lane Designer Studio is a treasure trove of handmade Irish art and,

A new crop of innovative retailers is joining the ranks of more established players to bring beautiful Irish-made crafts to the consumer instore and online. Selected interesting players include the following:

DUBLIN SHOWCASEArnotts department store in Dublin is leading the way in presenting Ireland’s craft and design to a wider audience. The Irish Craft Collection, in the department store’s gift department, showcases the best in contemporary Irish craft and design - quality work that is imagined, designed and made in Ireland. Each gift tells the unique and authentic story of its maker. The store’s regular ‘Meet The Maker’ events introduce the art of fine craftsmanship to department store

The Design Department

The pop-up shop is a new way to sell Irish craft and design. From Design Corner, an annual boutique situated in Dun Laoghaire, to the Merrion Square pop-up design shop, they allow small makers to connect directly with people who might not be aware of the hidden talents that Ireland has to offer.Dublin’s luxury retailer Brown Thomas will be featuring several pop-ups of Irish craft and design through the year.


Champions of IrelandDUBLIN DUO LOVES DESIGNFounded in 2008 by jewellers Clare Grennan and Laura Caffrey, the Irish Design Shop champions the best in homegrown ceramics, woodwork, textiles, jewellery and furniture. The duo is credited with kickstarting the pride Irish consumers now feel in buying Irish-made work. Their second shop location popped up in the RHA Gallery as a temporary space in March 2011. Twenty two months later they’re still there. Their accompanying online store provides an international shop window for Irish design.

DUBLIN MUST-SEEJonathan Legge is a creative consultant based in London. He previously worked as a project designer at Studioilse, the atelier run by former Elle Decoration editor and Soho House New York designer, Ilse Crawford. He is a founder and creative director of the Irish e-commerce company,, a curation of everyday design and Irish craft. Legge also holds regular pop-up shops at his shed cum shop - a charming, riverstone floored, corrugated iron clad shed in Deansgrange, Co. Dublin.



DUBLIN METAL MANIACold Lilies is an online boutique that sells contemporary, design-led jewellery for your inner magpie. It features the work of established artists such as Úna Burke; whose celebrity fans include Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness and Rihanna; Merle O’Grady and Melissa Curry as well as the talents of up-and-coming Chupi Sweetman-Pell, Muireann Walshe and Loulou Grenelle.

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MODERN IRELANDGreg Whelan’s contemporary designs at Irish Linen House have been picked up by the buyers at Manhattan institution, Barneys New York. The embroidered table runners come with coordinating placemats and napkins that are woven in 100 per cent Irish Linen. While the designs are inspired by Celtic art and mythology, they offer diners a thoroughly modern tablescape.

DESIGN LABEL CLIMBING NEW HEIGHTSCian Corcoran and Ahmad Fakhry are the creative talents behind Designgoat, a small Dublin-based design company making a name for themselves internationally, thanks in part to their participation in A Place To Gather at London Design Festival in 2012. As a consequence their shelving unit featured in style bible, Wallpaper in December 2012.

Hooked on classics

Aran knit gets a makeover

Home is where the hearth is. Irish product and furniture designers take elements of our past and have reinvented them for modern living, all the while celebrating our materials, culture and heritage.

WICKLOW WONDERSWith their contemporary Aran Beag lamp collection, husband and wife team Cillían and Lisa Johnston introduced interioristas to the Aran stitch. The lamp, available in square, rectangular and circular formats, is now an Irish design classic. Cillían’s latest addition to this range is a series of coat hooks, pictured, that employ the same traditional motif.


WEXFORD’S WOVEN CHARMS Husband and wife team Denis Kenny and Fiona Gilboy run Ceadogán Rugs, a small Irish company that specialises in producing contemporary gun-tufted rugs and wall hangings. Their Mainie Jellett collection remains one of this artisan company’s unique selling points. In the 1930s Jellett, one of Ireland’s leading early 20th Century painters, created a collection of Cubist rugs. The couple decided to bring the artist’s works to life and in 2005 launched their Mainie Jellett collection which can be ordered in 100% wool or a silk and wool blend. These pieces look especially dramatic when wall hung.

for floors & walls

NEW STONE AGE IN MEATH Eric Byrne, one half of Hennessy & Byrne, is a second generation master stone mason with over twenty years experience working with indigenous Irish stone. He transforms Connemara marble, Kilkenny limestone and Wicklow granite into napkin rings, cheese boards, cake and salad servers and giftware that, by the very nature of their materials, have become a touchstone to ancient Ireland. Eric recently produced a marble table for the EU presidential rooms in the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels.

CO. MAYO THROWSFoxford Woollen Mills, which was founded by a Sister of Charity in 1892, is situated on the River Moy. In 1999 a new design team revitalised the mill’s collections which now include bed linen, throws, scarves and a baby range. The mill was modernised in 2007. Their quality products are sold all over the world including Paris, New York and Tokyo.

ROCK ON IN DUBLIN Rocker Lane Workshop recycles floorboards used during the building boom into modern furniture designs. Big Phil is a rocking chair that is named after the only Dubliner who ever looked cool in leather britches, Thin Lizzy front man, Phil Lynott.


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SHELF LIFE Homewares and

collectibles by Ireland’s top talentPhotography: Neil Hurley Styling: Eleanor Harpur












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01, 08 Sarah McKenna Ceramics 02 Jenny Kelly Pottery 03 Paul Maloney Pottery 04 Irish Linen House 05 Amanda Murphy Ceramics 06, 11, 18 Jerpoint Glass 07 RebornArt 09 Klickity 10 Kerry Crafted Glass 12 Clare Jordan Ceramics 13 The Irish Handmade Glass Company 14 Living Ginger Designs 15 Hennessy and Byrne 16 Bunbury Boards 17 Tom Callery Ceramics 19 Castle Arch Pottery

WEAVING TRADITIONCushendale Woollen Mills has been in operation in Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny since the mid 1800s. Philip Cushen, whose forefathers founded the mill all those years ago, oversees every step of the process. The raw wool from Irish producers is washed in pure water supplied by the river Duiske. The yarn, fibres and fabrics are all dyed in-house. The wool is carded and spun to create a yarn strong enough for weaving or knitting. The woven fabric is then washed, felted, dyed or brushed to give the desired fabric effect. The finished product is sold through the mill shop or distributed to wholesalers and retailers.

Talent brewing

MALTHOUSE DESIGNERS:(L to R): Textile and product designer Rosemary Ryan; Textile designer Jennifer Slattery; Niamh McNeela and Daria Lisowska of Seek Design; lighting designer Aislinn Lynch; lighting designer Kathryn Payne; Andy Burdock of Sticks Fine Furniture; Shane Wilson (standing) of Locker13

Photography: Cyril Byrne at The Irish Times


NEW HORIZONSHorizon Furniture run by Fergal O’Leary makes contemporary designs that exude craftsmanship. His Mary Jane chairs are one of this signature styles and feature in the installation of Irish craft and design at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels marking Ireland’s Presidency of the

A FROTH OF NEW TALENTThe Malthouse Design Centre is a hothouse for new creative talent. Architect and RTÉ’s Room To Improve presenter Dermot Bannon has based his practice there. Established independents include Locker 13 and Jennifer Slattery Textiles. Take a look at furniture designer Tricia Harris’ feminine creations. Look out for feltworker Jamie Lewis’ Ovis stool was one of the highlights of Showcase 2013 – Ireland’s Creative Expo, as was Donna Bates’ milking parlour light which formed part of the Showcase Design Challenge.

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THE ONLINE CRAFT SHOWCASEBrowse an amazing selection of beautiful jewellery, ceramics, home, textiles and other gift ideas from hundreds of makers and shops that sell their work. Every item featured on the site is made in Ireland. The site was set up by the Crafts Council of Ireland to connect consumers directly with makers and shops that promote Irish craft and design.

GIVE IRISH CRAFT An online resource for lovers

of Irish made productsLandscape photography: Eoghan Kavanagh, Skyline