Art And Crafts Links

Ceramics And Pottery

Artworks Cafe
Artworks Cafe, Ireland’s First Ceramic Café, is a pottery painting studio and café where creativity is designed to be fun for everyone. Artworks is aimed at adults and children who can drop in and select a piece of pottery (unpainted bisque) paint it and take it home. The artworks café studio offers a large range of pottery pieces which are ideal for designing a special homemade gift or souvenir.
www.artworkscafe.ie

Bandon Pottery
In the lovely valley of the River Bandon in West Cork in the South West corner of Ireland, for more than 25 years Jane Forrester has designed and produced, with a small team of helpers, uniquely  colourful high-fired stoneware pots, renowned for their durability and timeless style.
Now Bandon Pottery has moved to a new studio and showroom a little closer to the heart of West Cork, where all of the pots are hand made and decorated by Jane Forrester herself. At Bandon Pottery our aim is to make honest useful pots by traditional methods, with individual care and attention to detail; beautiful to look at, good to feel, and robust enough for everyday use in the modern household. We use a fine white stoneware clay, which we fire to 1260 degrees Celsius to ensure that the body is vitreous and resists chipping. All of our tableware & cookware is made for regular use in oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher. We have developed an extensive list of stoneware products which includes:
Functional tableware for casual or formal dining, Pots for storage, cooking & serving of food, Lamps, oil burners & candlesticks, Decorative planters & vases,  Mantel clocks, In addition to our catalogue list, we frequently make special pots for Corporate Gifts, Special Presentations and Promotions. Occasionally we make Limited Editions to commemorate special events. We welcome your enquiries. Bandon Pottery Ltd
Ardkitt East, Enniskeane, County Cork, Ireland
0035323 47843
0035387 2401738
www.bandonpottery.ie

Benbulben Pottery
We produce functional stoneware and one-off pieces on the premises.  Dave McLoughlin also undertakes special commissions and welcomes visitors to watch work in progress.
0035371 9146929

Brigitte Seck
Brigitte Seck is a ceramic sculptor based in Dublin  My work is concerned with the idea of light and space and the interaction of these two elements. Space both seen and unseen, the idea of openings and of glimpses of light and shadow where the object remains still but change of interpretation occurs through the movement of the observer – look closer, all is not what it seems.
003531 454 9630.
www.brigittaseck.com

Ceramic Forms
Ceramic Forms by Michelle Maher specialises both in the creation of unique hand built ceramics and in ceramic / pottery classes and workshops, suitable for all levels. Michelle who is an award winning artist, makes use of strong colours and texture in her pieces. Indeed, there is an abundance and energy in her work which is very striking.
www.ceramicforms.com

Christy Keeney
Christy Keeney is a ceramic artist from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.  ”I see my work as three dimensional paintings, working with simple themes that may evoke some underlying meaning, that even I’m not aware of”.
0035374 916 7258.
www.christykeeney.com

Cormac Boydell
Cormac Boydell is a ceramic artist based in West Cork.  ”As always, my work is related primarily to material and a “hands-on” approach”.
0035327 73085.
www.cormacboydell.com

Hill View Pottery
All pottery entirely handcrafted on premises.  Established by the late Paddy Murphy, Hill View Pottery is now operating in the very capable hands of his nephew Derek O’Rourke. Derek’s hand crafted pottery includes a wide range of terracotta planters, glazed terracotta pieces and a unique selection of stoneware for the home and table. Derek devotes much time and effort in the production of limited editions and individual pieces. Derek says. “My creations make ideal gifts for all occasions”. All stoneware products are oven proof, microwave and dishwasher safe.
Carleys Bridge, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
00353549235443

Lynda Gault Ceramics
Pottery workshop and shop outlet lower quay street, Sligo.
0035371 91141155

Niamh Harte Irish Ceramic Sculptor
Niamh is from Skerries, Co. Dublin and works from a studio in the city. She works on both sculptural and design led projects - the common theme being an exploration of form in space.
She is inspired by seacaves and rocks, her work explores the textural richness and seeming randomness of natural formations which belies the complex chain of events of their creation and the underlying geometry.
0035387 635 2648.

Sandra Bell
Sandra Bell was born in 1954. She was educated in Newry, Dundalk and at Glengara Park, Co. Dublin. She is a self-taught sculptor using the “Lost Wax Method” for bronze casting. Sandra finds great pleasure in the moulding and developing of a remarkable variety of simple linear patterns and flowing shapes.There are many different influences in Sandra’s sculpture - Celtic, Classical, African and yet all her pieces have a uniqueness that is her own style. Her work is based on the human form, abstracting it to eliminate detail so that only the essential essence of the figure remains. Sandra portrays not the flesh, but the spirit and grace of humanity in bronze.

Tom Callery Ceramics
Drawing inspiration from the surroundind countryside, Tom creates ceramic wall mounted pieces and incised vessels with sculpted birds.  He also likes to create paintings on clay.  His richly adorned and freshly formed tiles and platers have a quirky and spontaneous nature.
www.calleryceramics.com

Vicki Hardin Fine Ceramics
Showcasing the sculptural hand-built vessels of Vicki Hardin who fires with pit and raku techniques.
www.vickihardin.com

Crafts

Access to Arts
Commissioning service featuring the foremost Irish artists, designers and craftspeople. Projects include Corporate Gifts, Awards, Trophies and Artist Commissions
www.accesstoarts.com

Adorn.ie
Irish Online Card making, Scrap-booking and Jewellery Making Store for all your crafting needs. Create your own Wedding Invites Wedding Invites or choose from our range of Wedding Stationary.
www.adorn.gencodesigns.com

Alpha Stained Glass
Makers of contemporary and traditional stained glass.Techniques used include sandblasting, etching and painting.For ecclesiastic, domestic and commercial use,handcrafted in Ireland
www.alphastainedglass.com

Amber Stained Glass
A unique range of Celtic and contemporary stained glass sunlight catchers, handmade using traditional Tiffany stained glass techniques
www.amberstainedglass.com

artglass ireland
Artglass has over 20 years experience in the renovation of and the design,supply and fit of all types of stained glass.
www.artglassireland.com

Bags by Carmel
Custom designed and handmade hand bags. Hand painted, hand embroidered, beaded and totally unique.
www.bagsbycarmel.com

Brackvoan
Hand painted Art at Affordable prices
brackvoan.ie

Cara Craft Supplies
Online card making and scrap-booking craft supplies store featuring over 1800 different products and a very lively crafters forum!
www.craftsupplies.ie

Carolan Creations
Quality Irish Handmade Greeting Cards for every special occasion, including New Baby cards, Birthday cards, Anniversary cards, Wedding Cards. Also Wedding Invites and Thank You Cards.
www.carolancreations.gencodesigns.com

Doolin Crafts Gallery
Designer crafts and knitwear with an emphasis on being Irish.
www.doolincrafts.com

Emmet Kane Woodturner
Emmet Kane creates an innovative selection of sculptured and functional pieces from native Irish hardwoods. He creates one-off pieces, particularly hollow forms with textured or ebonised finishes. Recently he has introduced precious and semi-precious metals namely gold-leaf, platinum and copper.
www.emmetkane.com

Fabric Gallery
We sell fabrics, patterns, craft equipment, threads both standard and embroidery, textile paints, dyes, beads, jewellery making equipment, wire-form, softsculpt, stencils, patchwork fabrics, quilting accessories, embossing tools.
www.fabric-gallery.com

Electronic Sheep
Electronic Sheep is an exciting Irish clothing and accessories design label specialising in knitwear, and selling throughout Ireland and the UK. The label was founded in 1998 by Brenda Aherne (clothing designer) and Helen Delany (graphic designer). They produce two unique collections per year which have to date received several awards including Winners of Taispeantas RTE Fashion Awards, November 2001 and the Eircom/Irish Independent Business 2000 Award.

Into Leitrim
An award-winning organisation, Leitrim Design House is synonymous with quality, design and originality. Recommended by the Craft Council of Ireland as one of the leading craft and design outlets in the country, this unique centre of excellence is housed in The Dock, a beautiful 19th century Courthouse building, located in the heart of Carrick-on-Shannon. Representing over 250 artists working in ceramics, glass, paper, wood, textiles, metal and jewellery, the Leitrim Design House offers its visitors the very best in design, contemporary craft and visual art. Explore the creative landscape of County Leitrim, travel “Into Leitrim” with us on our virtual craft trail and discover a treasure of artistic talent.
www.intoleitrim.ie

Karen Harper Designs
Jewellery in Silver, Gold,wire-work including semi-precious and pearls. Teaching wire-work, private or groups. Editor of NOTICEBOARD - craft newsletter, subscribe to harperkaren@eircom.net (information on building your business, good suppliers, fairs, exhibitions, courses, infor from all major associations and guilds)
www.irishcraftupdate.com/blog

karl young
Irish glass artist, stained glass studio, one off, glass design
www.geocities.com/karlgyoung

Liam Bourke
Craftsman extraordinaire. Exquisite originals, in imaginative designs, crafted from native Irish timber. Also unique one-offs in exotic woods, reclaimed and recycled into highly desirable works of art.
www.liambourke.com

Lisa Zagone
I am a professional artist and production designer for stage, film and live events. My studio has been in operation for 22 years, producing specialty costumes, props, stage sets, scenic art, mural/backdrop painting, puppets, masks, prosthetics and more.
www.in.stagejobspro.com

Nas na Riogh
Nas na Riogh Iron-craft Manufacture and design contemporary furniture and accessories using wrought iron, steel and glass. All of our products are handmade to your exact requirements in our Kildare workshop. We supply both furniture for both domestic and contract use and have considerable experience working with interior designers to create truly unique pieces.
www.nnr.ie

Olga Higgins Stained Glass
Professional leaded window panel design for private, commercial and corporate commission.  Decorative mirrors, antique window restoration, hand painted panels.

Peadar Lamb Stained Glass
www.peadarlamb.com

poppydean
Photographic and photographic based digital prints and art works. Bespoke and commissioned pieces also catered for.
www.poppydean.co.uk

Siopa Eile
Siopa Eile is an alternative shopping portal focused on highlighting unique, crafted and Eco friendly products from Ireland and Europe mainly.
www.siopaeile.com/blog

StormBird
Architectural Glass Design: Stained Glass, Sculpture - functional or decorative. No project too big or small for an innovative and beautiful solution.

The Cardbird
Handmade Greeting Cards for all occasions as well as the option to Customise a card to your requirements
www.thecardbird.com

The Scrapbook Store
We sell a fantastic range of scrap-booking supplies from all the top manufacturers. We also hold workshops and classes.
www.thescrapbookstore.ie

The Workshops Collective
furniture made from re/cyled materials mainly wood. graphic artist, calligraphy, stone carver, architectural ceramist, costume design, painters.

Tiny pieces
Decorative and fine art mosaic panels, murals and functional mosaic pieces.

Turner Glass Design
Architectural Sculptural Decorative Glass Design & Manufacture.
www.turnerglass.com

Waxon
Custo Designed and shaped surfboards. Repair service also available.
www.waxonsurfboards.com

Whichcraft
Whichcraft - Contemporary Irish Craft Design - Whichcraft brings the warmth, originality and beauty of original Irish Craft Design to a world of the disposable, the forgettable, the mass produced
www.whichcraft.ie

Wild Ideas
Wedding Stationery made to your specifications. Also greetings cards for all occasions: birthday, new baby, weddings, thank you, seasonal….
www.wildideas.com

Fashion

Aoife Harrington Design Bureau

Aoife harrington Design Bureau offers a fashion and textile design service using the latest fashion computer technology. We specialize in new brand creation,fabric design ,sportswear,menswear and corporate wear collections from original concept to final production

Caoimhe O’Dwyer Designs
Beautifully designed and crafted   woman’s wear and lingerie for the medium to high end of the market. Available from boutiques throughout Ireland or made to order directly.
www.caoimheodwyer.com

Catherine Cooke Headwear
High end couture millinery for special occasion wear. Hats and Headpieces individually dyed and made to match an outfit.
www.catherinecooke.ie

Edel MacBride
Edel MacBride specialises in Irish knitwear. Her collections have been accredited with numerous awards including the Late Late Show Designer Of The Year for Knitwear, Satzenbrau Northern Ireland Designer Award - twice, and she has made numerous television appearances. Edel worked with renowned fashion designer Paul Costello before deciding to specialise in her own knitwear brand.
www.edelmacbride.com

Equipage
Footwear design. Work involves boot and shoe design and production, education and training, accessories and leather goods design.

Erika Harris Design
Fashion styling, Fashion and textile design. Design and create my own range of accessories for occasional wear, specializing in one off commissions for weddings, Currently stocked in AVE MARIA, Dublin, Fortuna accessories in Dunshaughlin and other boutiques around Ireland.

Fashion.ie
With the arrival of fashion.ie there is no need to spend all your money on glossy fashion magazines as you can now get your fashion tips and ideas for free! We also have a weekly Fashionzine, a free newsletter full of hot tips, news, competitions and special offers. Just visit Fashion.ie for details.
www.fashion.ie

Kate O’Reilly Makeup Artist
MAC trained artist working in fashion the industry. Versatile and creative, ready for any type of job.

Lily Browne
Luxury handmade designer handbags.

Maison Jolie
Couture occasion, bridal & millinery. visit showroom in Waterford
0035351 850686 to make an appointment.

Mary Cronin Damache
A womens wear designer, I create once off designs specifically relating to individuals size, shape, and colouring. I can design anything, but specialise in evening wear, if you are looking for a design which is an exclusive unique representation of you, please contact me at my e-mail address or by phone for further details.

Roisin Gartland
Specialist in the design and manufacture of high fashion leatherwear for the top end of the market
www.roisingartland.com

Rossan Knitewear
Rossan Knitwear (Glencolmcille Woollen Mill) is a family handknit business manufacturing high quality knitwear for the home and export market, based in Malinmore, Glencolmcille, Donegal, Ireland. Stockists of traditional donegal handknit aran, cable, sweaters, local crafts, Irish gifts and the Rossan Knitwear Designer collection.

Sheelagh Evenden
Since leaving the Grafton Academy in 1983 I have been working in the fashion industry. Initially I gained some experience in Voyou, a small Irish owned children’s clothing company. But, after three years I felt the time had come to move on and set up a business of my own. Skidoo was born in 1986 and almost immediately became a success. I began supplying to the children’s departments of some of the biggest department stores in the country, Switzers and Brown Thomas to name but a few. After a very successful and busy decade I closed the doors on Skidoo to change direction and focus on what has always been my passion, made to measure evening and bridal wear.
www.sheelaghevenden.com

turtlehead
A collective based in Dublin, but with an international crew we launch one new t-shirt a month. A % of the profit goes back to the artist and to a charity selected by visitors to the site. David Shrigley was the first artist in the monthly series followed by Chris Judge.
www.turtlehead.ie

Jewellery

Bingo & Moo
High quality costume jewellery with a unique, contemporary edge, using semiprecious gemstones, swarovski crystal, vintage ceramics and precious metal only.
www.bingoandmoo.com

Brian DeStaic
Brian de Staic is a prestigious Irish jewellery company, which is exclusively dedicated in creating jewellery with style.
“I am intrigued by the opportunity to design using the most inspiring landscape and the wonderful tradition of the Celtic World”
The Dingle Pensinsula in County Kerry is a magical land on Europe’s most westerly shore. It is here that Brian de Staic crafts his jewellery according to the ago-old traditions of the Celt.
www.briandestaic.com

K C Gallagher Jewellery
Original, contemporary handcrafted silver and gold jewellery, designed and produced in Co. Wicklow
www.kcgjewellery.com

Macha Jewelry
Vintage inspired fashion jewelry looking for stockists in Ireland & the UK www.machajewelry.com www.thebeside.etsy.com www.myspace.com/thebesidebymacha
www.machajewelry.com

MALIN PEBBLES
Beautifully Cut and Polished Stone Gifts and Jewellery from the Beaches of Ireland About 12000 years ago the glaciers of the last ice age retreated from the northern half of Ireland. Relieved of its burden the landmass rose and with it millions of tons of pebbles deposited on the ancient shores.
I have spent many an hour on the beaches of Inishowen in County Donegal collecting stones suitable for cutting. It is a long process to grind and polish stones, the more so if they are just rocks from the beach. But what a great reward for all the trouble to look at that beautiful glistening piece of jewellery, set in silver, or shiny candleholder, or just a polished stone, that now has revealed all its bright colours-red, green, black or orange.
Petra Watzka, Church Brae, Greencastle, Co. Donegal
00353 74 9381432
www.malinpebbles.my-page.ms

Handmade
Sinead Mc Laughlin graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 1998. She has since forged a reputable name for herself in the Craft world, supplying some of Ireland’s finest shops and galleries. Sinead works from the Hand Made Shop on the busy main st in Ballybofey Co. Donegal. She sells her own jewellery and paintings as well as crafts by other leading Irish designers. Sinead’s designs are stunningly imaginative and infantile stylish yet wearable. Her work offers a simplicity and elegance that is undeniably modem. This is jewellery in tune with today’s life style making a definite statement of style and confidence.
For Sinead nature holds its own elegance, which is reflected in her work with the use of natural materials. Bog Oak, Bur Elm and native woods feature heavily in Sinead’s work as well as some tropical wood types giving her pieces a natural edge. All Sinead’s jewellery is meticulously hand made (no Casting) using traditional methods and skills. Most of the pieces are one-off or limited editions so that each is as individual as its owner.
The Handmade Shop, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal.
0035374 9130987

The Cat And The Moon
Hand crafted jewellery in Sligo.
www.thecatandthemoon.com

Wood

Inishowen Bogwood
Mary Doherty is an accomplished artist using the old woods of Ireland which have been buried in our bogs for 1000’s of years. Each piece is carefully selected from a large range of woods, which Mary has collected over the years.Many of the sculptures only develop their final form, as Mary works with the wood and follows the lines of the grain, seeking her artistic talents. Inishowen Bogwood, Culdaff, Co. Donegal.
00353749379245

Jim Redington Wood Sculptures
“a lifelong love of wood”
Jim Redington, who is a little on the senior side of 70, is a walking advertisement for an active retirement. He has appeared on TV regularly in commercials for Smithwick’s, and has staged a number of exhibitions of wood sculptures.
Jim’s sculptures are the tokens of what it describes as “a lifelong love of wood”. His relationship with wood, while deep and passionate, has been something of an on-off affair, forced to compete with Jim’s enthusiasm for Gaelic games and his career as a gifted masseur whose hands have stroked and pummelled the bodies attached to some of Ireland’s best-known faces.
Jim was born in Galway, but grew up in Dublin, spending his childhood in Ballymun, in the days before the tower blocks, and after having spent some time in America, returned to Stillorgan, in South County Dublin.
Together with his friend Liam Roe, a sculptor, he attended night classes in art and metalwork at the National college of Art, where he graduated. After showing some of his work to craft shops, he was able to make a living by turning out penal crosses and “Men of Aran” figurines. Following his first Exhibition, Jim’s enthusiasm for sculpturing came into full flow. His pieces range in height from 12 inches to eight feet tall. They employ a wide range of woods, including yew, bog oak, elm, walnut, sycamore and mahogany. They are all broadly figurative, many depicting animals and human figures. “Sometimes you know right away what you want to do with a piece of wood”, Jim says, “but sometimes you have to start working and let the natural shape and grain lead you. That’s why I love working with wood - as a medium, it gives you much more than stone does.”
The Variety of styles available is baffling, unique and all are ‘one offs”. Some wood is even from the depths of Wood Quay, after it was excavated, and well over 400 years old. Some of the ‘bog’ pieces maybe over a thousand years old.
14 Merville Ave, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
00353 1 2880253

Kildare Bog Oak
History
About ten thousand years ago, the last of the ice fields retreated from Ireland leaving behind a land upon which lichen, then birch and willow slowly began to grow. After a lapse of some thousand years a thick, mixed forest of pine, yew and oak formed a blanket over most of the country. These great forests lasted over four and a half thousand years before gradually being outgrown by a vigorous growth of peat-forming plants.
This marked the beginning of the bogs, which have grown to a depth of some ten metres over the past three to four thousand years, preserving the once great wood it covered. The bogs of Ireland are considered to be an emotional as well as an economic resource. They preserve layer upon layer of history. Various artefacts discovered there over time are indicative of who and what the Irish people are.
The oak becomes a fine black, self-lubricating wood, the yew, a rich auburn and the pine takes on a golden hue. For to all who worked the land the relics of the subfossil timber were generally seen as a nuisance, cluttering the bogs and obstructing the business of turf-cutting. I say -generally-, and I should add -in our time-, for these roots and trunks and fallen branches - tough and, one would say, intractable survivors of vast stretches of geological and paleo-botanical time - had served generations of our people well. Harvested and conditioned by generations of rural expertise, bogwoods were once a very important part of their domestic and communal economy. Important over an incredible wide range of activities.
The majority of our pieces are inspired by the natural form of the wood when it is retrieved from the high (or blanket) bog. The pieces that suggest a unique aesthetic are usually worked as standalone ornamental pieces. The functional and decorative pieces are generally of a smaller size and more uniform in design.
Borahard Farmhouse, Borahard, Naas Road, Newbridge, Co, Kildare
Contact: Conor Lane
0035387 204 3349

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