New makers are bringing their wonderful work to the Cork Craft & Design store in Douglas from August.
From lino prints to sculptural ceramics, this will be a showcase of the craft heritage we have in Cork. The new names come onboard as the Design & Crafts Council Ireland launches its Made Local campaign, a nationwide initiative to drive revenue for both makers and retailers.
For those looking to purchase and celebrate Irish design and the craft sector as a result, here are seven new makers making their way to our store at 27a St Patrick’s Woollen Mills in Douglas.
Bernadette Tuite is the incredible talent behind Rock & Water Ceramics. Having spent many years as a boat captain in California, Bernadette draws inspiration for her beautiful ceramic pieces from the ocean. Her sculptural ceramics mimic Cork’s seascapes and are amazing.
CHARLIE MAHON CERAMICS
Charlie Mahon has been practicing production pottery since 2004. Some of the most well-known Charlie Mahon Ceramics designs are the Mackerel and the Sheep — inspired by a family fishing trip to Glengariff.
JULIAN SMITH CERAMICS
Julian Smith established his ceramics workshop in 1996 with a focus on Raku firing — a technique originating from 16th century Japan where work is rapidly fired and removed from the kiln. The charm of Raku lies in its use of primitive materials which nevertheless can provide highly sophisticated results, as can be seen in Julian’s creations.
MARTHA CASHMAN CERAMICS
Martha Cashman’s beautiful, bold and bright ceramic designs and pieces are inspired by the nature around her. We love her stunning ceramic pieces such as her amazing eye catching bird feeders.
JOHN BASTOW LINO PRINT
John Bastow is the incredible talent behind Solas Agus Scáth – Light And Shade Lino Print. These stunning pieces are created from photographs that are then carved into a lino surface. The ‘negative’ uncarved areas are inked with a roller and printed onto handmade paper. Due to the colour, and amount of ink used, each print is completely unique.
CARMEL SMYTH TEXTILES
Carmel Smyth is a batik textile artist who uses 100% recycled cotton, along with a mix of paraffin and beeswax. Her work is mainly nature-inspired with the ever-changing land and seascapes being a constant source of inspiration.
RONAN POWER CABINET MAKERS
While a traditional Irish style cabinet maker, Ronan Power embraces the contemporary. His pieces are made from the finest wood to ensure a beautiful, unique and durable product is created every time. From bookcases to dressers to home accessories like chopping boards and bread bins, there are amazing items available.
The above makers’ work will be available to purchase in the Cork Craft & Design store at 27a St Patrick’s Woollen Mill, Douglas, Cork from August. Be sure to pop in and visit us to see all the amazing craft work we have to offer.