Established in 2005, Cork Craft & Design brings together the very best of Cork’s unique and excellent Irish craft and design tradition. It’s dedicated to promoting quality Irish craft and design to global and Irish audiences. 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.
Cork Craft and Design is a GANS member of the DCCI.
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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Jim qualified with a degree in Ceramic Design from Camberwell School of Art & Design, London. He has lived in West Cork for over 30 years sharing a studio with Etain Hickey. A former part-time lecturer on sculpture and ceramics in Rossa College, (Cork College of Commerce Campus), Skibbereen. Jim has led many workshops for ‘Ceramics Ireland’ and ‘Society of Cork Potters’. Jim has exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally. An award winner of the Crafts Council of Ireland ‘Excellence in Making’ award and the Irish Contemporary Ceramics Award, his work is in many collections, including the Crafts Council of Ireland and the Office of Public Works.
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.
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.
Jennifer studied Fine art at the Crawford College of Art and Design and after graduating in 2015, she co-founded Over the Line Studios with her partner Jean-Philippe Levillain. Over the Line is a fine art and ceramic studios in Ballyvolane, Cork. In 2018 she joined forces with Jean-Philippe again to form Ceramifique, a range of unique ceramic homeware and porcelain jewellery they develop together.
Simone is the owner an designer of the Bagoose children’s clothing collection that is based in her studio, in Passage West, Cork. Bagoose is probably best known for producing hardwearing and affordable range of children’s clothing. Colour and pattern is an integral part of the collection of jackets and accessories. Bagoose also has a range of baby which makes an ideal baby gift.
A proud Kerry native, Carol has studied and worked in Cork for the past decade. She holds a BBus (Hons) in Marketing with an additional certification in Digital Marketing Practice. She has a breadth of experience in working with multidisciplinary teams across the Fundraising and Development sectors. Carol is delighted to be in a position to share her knowledge and experience to support the advancement of the CCD mission. While not a maker, Carol can appreciate from a different perspective the talent, imagination and dedication it takes to create things as beautifully unique as the pieces available at CCD.
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