Since 2005, Cork Craft & Design has brought together the very best of Cork’s unique and excellent Irish craft and design tradition. A social enterprise and membership organisation, Cork Craft & Design supports and promotes professional and semi-professional craft and design makers living in Cork city and county. It brings together makers across Cork to build business opportunities — nationwide and worldwide — for the sector, to promote Irish craft, increase the range of supports available to members, and engage as many people as possible in the story of Irish craft locally. Cork Craft & Design provides networking, retail sales and exhibition opportunities for its makers.
Its goal is to ensure that Cork is nationally and internationally recognised as a destination for making, seeing, collecting, buying and learning about excellence in contemporary and traditional craft. Cork Craft & Design holds the celebratory festival, Cork Craft Month every August, which attracts over 10,000 visitors every year. Cork Craft Month shines a spotlight on the creative craft heroes of Cork and features over 60 events from exhibitions, studio trails, demos and Meet the Maker sessions.
In a previous life, Bernadette was a boat captain for many years in California. Returning to Ireland in 2011, she began her new life with an Art degree, graduating from Crawford College of Art & Design in 2018. Today her affinity with the Ocean is reflected in her sculptural ceramic vessels which emulate Cork seascapes uncovered while kayaking along the local Atlantic coast. Each of her ceramic pieces is unique and some contain found materials from the area that inspired it.
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John Mc Carthy has been woodturning for over 25 years. He produces functional and artistic work from his workshop in Nohoval, Co. Cork. He uses locally sourced timber that has come from trees that have been felled by storms or as a result of disease. He uses simple flowing forms in an attempt to display and enhance the natural beauty of the wood.
Fergus works in CSN College of Further Education in Cork City and has taught Furniture Design & Making there for the last 12 years and coordinates the Year 2 level 6 programme. Originally a graduate of Computer Science at UCC, he worked as a telecommunications software engineer for a number of years before converting to furniture making in 2003. He was a founder of the Locus exhibition group in Cork City, which provided a platform for local makers staging exhibits in the City from 2010 to 2014. In 2017, Fergus co-founded and currently chairs, Benchspace Cork, a shared workshop supporting graduates and start-ups establishing professional careers in craft and design.
Rachel is not a ‘maker’ but a lover of all things arts & crafts. She joins our Board to share her vast experience in Management, Marketing, Business Development and Fundraising gained while working in industry sectors ranging from Financial Services, Digital Retail to Higher Education. Rachel currently holds the role of Head of UCC Consulting at University College Cork and is an Associate Faculty member of the Irish Management.
A woodturner based in Midleton, Brian took up woodturning over 10 years ago. He utilities native Irish hardwoods such as ash, elm, oak, beech and yew. Over the years he has experimented with many different aspects of woodturning such as spindle work, face-plate and bowl turning. Past areas of work saw him create lamps from driftwood, ivy and more recently some beautiful copper pipe lamps with vintage filament bulbs.
Born and reared on a small family farm in the heart of West Cork with a background in Food Science & Technology. Eleanor worked as laboratory analyst in the animal feed sector for a while. She then changed to the pharma industry having gained experience in Packaging, Warehouse and Quality departments. Having discovered wood carving in the mid-noughties, Eleanor gained most experience from Irene Wunderlich. She brings her experiences in working in a fast paced multi-national manufacturing business in addition to her wood carving skills to Cork Craft & Design.
A Cork City native, Jade graduated from University College Cork with a BA (Joint Hons) and is now one half of Mr Kite Designs. She went on to work in event management and then logistics before co-founding Mr Kite Designs in 2016. Jade's area of interest is textiles and surface print design. Mr Kite produces a range of homewares and soft furnishings from their studio in Cork and are proud members of Cork Craft & Design.
A Mayo native, Maeve holds a BA (Hons) in Design in Textiles from GMIT and an MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management from University College Dublin. With over 10 years experience working in the Arts across multiple disciplines, Maeve has worked with Music Network, Music Generation and was the Programme Coordinator for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. A co-founder of Forest & Flock, Maeve helped establish one of the most highly successful independent retailers on the Irish craft stage. A passionate advocate for Irish craft & design, Maeve brings with her a breadth of experience spanning arts management and practice.