Marymount Christmas Raffle

We are absolutely thrilled to see what a success the Marymount Christmas Raffle was this year. The generosity of everyone involved was so evident and a big round an applause is in order. The Raffle raised over €10,000 euro for Marymount Hospice.

We would like to share with you a thank you from the main organiser of this amazing Raffle, member Anthony Aylward.

Makers for Marymount 2020 Fundraiser has been a great success generating a €10,000 donation for Marymount Hospice, Cork. 
The success of this fundraiser was made possible by Makers at Cork Craft & Design who so generously donated unique pieces of their work for the raffle. 
I would like to thank the Lord Mayor of Cork, Mr. Joe Kavanagh who officially launched the raffle at the Cork Craft & Design Shop in Douglas .
A special word of thanks to to everyone who kindly contributed and supported this worthy fundraiser.
 Also, a big thanks to Cork Craft & Design for facilitating the raffle on Sunday, 13th December 2020 which can be viewed on the following link

From all of us here at Cork Craft and Design, we fully echo these kind words and thank you all once again. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years and we can’t wait to welcome you all back into our shop and see you all again soon.

Christmas Gifts under 50

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you our Christmas Gifts under 50 euro, Cork craft style! Whether it be for your loved ones or colleagues we’ve come up with the best Christmas Craft under 50 list that will bring cheer and joy and under 50 euro! More than ever the importance of shopping local and spreading the good cheer within the community is so important. We are exceptionally lucky to live in a vibrant and creative art community that can bring cheer and uniqueness into any household.

How beautiful is this ceramic wall hanging air plant holder by Ceramifique. Their signature bubble glaze comes in a range of colours for all your household plants. I don’t know about you but my plant collection has doubled this year and these beautiful handcrafted pieces would be ideal for Christmas! These plant holders are both available in store and over at our Click and Collect service for 40,00.

 

The Wild Felters Artisan Gift box is everything you would imagine with its title of ‘Morale booster’. The artisan gift box which is available in our store,  is small but mighty , packed with little treats to remind us of the good things in life. Each box contains a handwritten card with your message, beautifully presented with wood and wool. There are three themed boxes to choose from – A Robin, Blackbird and a Puffin. Each box is 30 and comes with a matching paperweight , spirit animal brooch , card and inspirational note .

 

Gift sets keep on giving and this beautiful set by Siobhan Steele is just delightful and the perfect Christmas Gift. These cute handmade ceramic bottles have a choice of seven wishes and are accompanied by a special small heart with unique green glaze .Each ceramic bottle is hand cast and decorated with a choice of seven special messages. This gift set is €30 and wonderfully personal for your loved ones this Christmas.

 

The Kilcoe Studios Calendar  will have you excited to plan for 2021. Available for a limited period, the 2021 calendar features a series of watercolor illustrations of plants from Irish Boglands. Many plants that grow here are unique to the bog environment . Some bog areas are now  protected areas to preserve this biodiversity and they also store carbon and help with our CO2 levels. You can find out more in the text that accompanies the Calendar which also gives information about medicinal uses of plants and more. The calendar is €15, and will brighten up any room in the house.

 

Elements of Action have created the most beautiful sustainable wreaths for your home this Christmas. We’re thrilled to welcome these beautiful wreaths just in time for Christmas in our shop in Douglas! The 30cm dried Hydrangeas wreath come in at just €30. The brass band is hand rolled and includes minimal additions of dried floral decorations. Elements of action continue to bring clever details and push the boundaries of design to create dramatic contemporary works with deep roots in the local landscape, materials and traditional techniques.

 

Christmas would not be complete without a mug permanently attached to your hand with with something warm and delicious inside. This beautiful mug is a Hand Thrown Porcelain Mug by Rock & Water Ceramics. The mugs interior is a beautiful turquoise glaze which tones transport you right to the shores of the west coast of Ireland. The mug is 22,50 and completely unique. This mug is available in store to keep all your cups of teas cosy this winter.

 

If you’re in the market for cute earrings Jayneymacs Alpaca earrings are the ticket. Jayneymac takes inspiration from animals, birds, my cats, and from patterns. All of her jewellery is handmade from my own designs. With many more designs to choose from you are bound to find the perfect fit for you, a family member or a friend. These earrings are available in our Douglas store for €10.00. 

 

Barbara Hall Creations is all sorts of elegant. This beautiful Lady Jane Freshwater Pearl necklace is
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and available in store and on our click and collect service. This necklace is a touch of class that easily goes with any outfit or occasion. White Pearls are charming and classic and instantly become a staple in any wardrobe. From day to evening, casual to formal , A White Pearl Necklace is stunning in every situation or occasion

 

Ba-Goose Fleece Clothing is 100% Irish owned with everything designed and handmade in Cork Ireland. These Irish handmade children’s Fleece clothing is vibrant, warm and funky and easy to wear and are also machine washable! This children’s rain jacket is just 39.95, perfect for those children who are too busy to come indoors and available in our physical shop in Douglas. Ideal for layering as they are warm and hard wearing, perfect for windy walks.

 

The moon shines just as brightly as the sun during the winter months and this earring set by Aluna encompasses that. The Lunar Cycle earrings are an ode of love to the moon and the divine feminine. Each of the components of the earrings represent the different stages of the lunar cycle, the full moon, the waxing/waving crescent and the new moon. This set is 44,00 and is available now in store.

 

Cork Craft & Design Makers for Marymount 2020 Fundraiser

We’re delighted to announce a crafty initiative to raise much needed funds for Marymount Hospice in Cork, Cork Craft & Design Makers for Marymount 2020 Fundraiser

Our members from Cork city and county have come together to donate a bumper prize package of over 25 Raffle prizes of high quality handmade crafts.

The top prizes in the fundraiser include a bespoke blanket box from furniture maker Anthony Aylward worth €650, a life size stained glass Heron by Gaby Aubin valued at €250 and a beautifully intricate quilted patchwork throw and cushions by award winning textile artist Mary Palmer with a price tag of over  €450.

With thirty- one of Cork Craft & Design’s members donating work to this worthy cause, other prizes include a selection of bespoke jewellery pieces, Batik wall art, sculptural ceramics, lighting, prints, glass and homewares. This raffle is a collection of uniquely tailored pieces from some of Cork’s most talented Craft makers.

The groups chair Bernadette Tuite said: ‘This is the second time our organisation has come together on this scale to support a local charity at Christmas, our collaboration is urgently needed this year in particular as fundraising and donations to Marymount have been deeply affected by the pandemic. We are so proud of our Makers generosity, we have an amazing list of prizes on offer to suit everyone. I know that Marymount has been a pillar of support to so many Cork families in their time of most need. Now CCD and the community can return that support by getting onboard, purchasing a raffle ticket, and help us reach our fundraising target of €5,000 by midnight of 12th of December.’

Tickets are available to buy via our Cork Craft & Design Facebook Event page – Makers for Marymount 2020 –  and directly on idonate.ie.

With tickets for sale at just €10.00 per ticket this is an ideal opportunity to support your local hospice and be in with a chance of owning some fabulous Cork craft pieces just in time for the festive season. The prize draw will take place at 3pm at the Cork Craft & Design’s Christmas Market, 27a St. Patricks Woollen Mills , Douglas, on December 13th 2020.

Thanks to the generosity of Cork Craft & Design’s members 100% of the ticket price will go to Marymount Hospice. Further information on all prizes is available on our Facebook Page.

Cork Craft and Design Click & Collect

This week we are delighted to launch our new Cork Craft and Design Click & Collect service. We have once again teamed up with our wonderful Makers to make it easier then ever to shop online with us. Every week the Click & Collect will open until Tuesday 12 midnight with the collection for that Thursday.  The collection point is in store at St Patrick’s Woollen Mills, Douglas.

For our launch of our Click & Collect we want to introduce you to some of our makers Ceramifique, Mr Kite Designs, Purpose Mosaic, Volodar Wood Art and Aluna to name but a few.

Ceramifique is a collaboration between French artist Jean-Philippe Levillain and Irish artist Jennifer Click and Collect CeramicsAhern. Both are graduates of Fine Art in Crawford College of Art and Design, where they met and specialised in ceramics. They are also the founders and directors of Over the Line Studios, a ceramic and Fine Art studio in Ballyvolane Cork, which they have been running together since graduating in 201

Mr Kite Designs is the creation of Jade and Jo, two friends who share a love of craft, design and all things handmade. Both Jade and Jo are inspired by textiles and pattern, particularly bold and unusual prints. They design and make their range of gift and homewares from our studio in Cork city.

 

Margaret Twomey from the seaside town of Cobh , Co Cork is the founder of Purpose Mosaic, established in 1999. Her art takes many forms, from jewellery to award winning ceramic mosaic
pieces. Margaret takes her inspiration from the natural world and colourful Mediterranean landscapes. Her work is an explosion of colour. Both vibrant and eye catching, combining gemstones, pearls and glass. She is welcome to all commissions!

Next we have Volodar Wood Art by Volodymyr Lashko who is a self-taught artist in wood. His work is inspired by natural forms and elements, their beauty, and imperfection. Sleek, clean, and imperfect, harmoniously integrated into an overall piece of art, embracing how things really are in nature. The wood that he uses has been weathered by time and nature’s elements, giving endless changes of colours, shadows, patterns and textures, offering unlimited design inspiration. His versatility, both as an artist and as a craftsman in wood, allows him to create original work, from bespoke furniture to unique art pieces. Volodar Wood Art studio is located in Carrigaline, Cork.

 

Finally we have new member Stella who is the creator of Aluna Crafts which is a creative project inspired by her travels around the world. All her creations are handcrafted here in  Cork city where she lives with her little son. Each piece is lovingly handmade using various different techniques,  from beading to weaving to metalwork.  Stellas creations are influenced by indigenous and tribal art and the most predominant themes are those of honouring the sacred femine, cosmic forces and mother nature.

 

Cork Craft and Design New Members October Edition

With Octobers end fast approaching, it is with great excitement that we share with you Cork Craft and Design new members. Today we will be showcasing work from a range of disciplines including Jewellery Making, Textiles, Mixed Media, Woodwork & Furniture Making.

Jurate Lasuke the creator behind JuLas Jewellery hails from Lithuania and has made her home in JuLas Jewellery, Cork Craft October MakerCork. Jurate has a real passion for jewellery, particularly jewellery created using the Soutage technique. This technique opens a wide possibility in creating gorgeous one of a kind work  and communicate with personalities of her clients and develop a unique work of art that is consistent with their unique characters. Jurate has found that the vibrant history of Cork has given her an amazing background for creating and formulating ideas.

 

Elements of Action is a collaborative design practice working in furniture design, landscape architecture and project management. Esther and Ed combine design and a love of materiality and Irish landscape with a background in construction and stone masonry. Both are designers, makers and Landscape Architects and bring skills in product design, specialist stonemasonry, landscape architecture and project management. The handcrafted furniture celebrates the simplicity of two elements, natural local materials of wood with stone or metals.

We all know someone out there with a fun loving and beautiful mans best friend and we’re here to introduce you to the wonderful creator of ‘Irish Dog Designs’. Ursula McGrath is a highly skilled, experienced and artistically-creative knitwear designer who has worked in the wonderful world of wool/designing and knitting for over 25 years. Ursula launched her first own collection ‘Irish Dog Designs’ in 2019, which is  a range of Irish handmade canine jackets. All pieces are made with special attention to detail and pieces can also be made to order.

Next we have the beautiful work by Yolzari Sheena who has created an exceptionally popular range of creatively up-cycled vinyl records. Yolzari created ‘Wreck the Record‘ in 2014 and has seen major success in both Ireland and abroad. The work incorporates a wide spectrum of your favourite pop culture alongside the best of Irish culture including the household staple Barrys tea.

 

Kinsale based Anthony Scannell who set up Coppicework in 2018. Anthony the man behind the Wood is a woodturner and also makes beautiful hazel walking sticks all in Kinsale.

To round up this talented bunch is Cork Craft maker Angelo Panza of Wood Village Carvings. Angelo creates beautiful carvings on a range of wood based materials including roots and branches from the surrounding areas.

 

Cork Craft & Design October Makers

As we continue traipsing through October we are delighted to share with you our New Cork Craft & Design  October Makers. This month we are bringing you creators who specialise in Ceramics, Textiles, Glass, Jewellery & Print.

Brendan Ryan is a ceramicist who after many years working in different careers, returned to college to

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study art in Crawford College of Art and Design. There, he discovered his passion for ceramics. In 2018 Brendan worked in the International Ceramic Studios, Kecskemet, Hungary. He has hand built and thrown his forms and by using lines and marks, he explores the qualities of this landscape and his connection to it. Brendan works from his home studio in Whitechurch Co Cork.

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Orla O’ Rourke is the creator behind Stable Door Pottery which first opened in 2005 in Dunmanway. Since then Orla has opened another studio in Shanagarry and Lisgoold. Cork with its inspirational scenery is the base for all of her work. Everything is handmade with great care and detail showcasing Ireland’s natural beauty through ceramics.

 

Aleks Designs which is based in West Cork, takes inspiration from the beautiful natural Irish landscape. Aleksandra creates stylish, timeless and quality felt fashion accessories. She uses the highest quality materials, such as Australian merino wool, silk, and natural fibres. Her contemporary collections are distinguished by their rich mixture of colours and materials and textures.

Gaby Aubin joins us on the shop floor under the name Grange Glass. Gaby is trained as a stained glass artist living and working in West Cork. She makes her pieces from original designs which are influenced by nature and local fauna. Gaby prefers to work with copper foil which allows for finer detail and inclusion of many different colours and textures of glass in a given piece.

 

Cork Craft & DesignHannah McGrenera beautiful work under Saw Framed materialised in November 2019 when she combined her love ink drawings and jewellery. Her creations are a celebration of differences and uniqueness. All her jewellery is hand made in my workshop in Bealnablath Co. Cork with 925 sterling silver. She hopes her creations may enhance  a part of your fun loving life or/and brightens up your day.

Jill Cotter is the creator of CorkIDoodleDo. Jill lives with her family up on top of a hill between Monkstown and Passage. Between school runs she can be found in her studio under heaps of paper and markers, delighted and grateful to be there. Her prints are presented, on 310 gsm paper, in Irish-made, solid wooden frames. The intention of her work is to strengthen your connections with the places you love.

Jim Turner creates beautiful ceramics in West Cork where he is sharing a studio with Etain Hickey. A former part-time lecturer on sculpture and ceramics in Rossa College, (Cork College of Commerce Campus), Skibbereen.  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. Etain Hickey, Jim’s wife has decorated the work that is on the shop floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Irish Craft Makers for September

A new month in Cork Craft and Design brings New Irish Craft Makers for September. This September is a particularly exciting one as we welcome nine new Cork Craft Makers to the Shop.

Suzanne O’Sullivan is featured in Cork Craft and Design for the first time. Her glass studio is nestled amongst the rolling hills of North Cork, overlooking the beautiful Blackwater Valley. Her surroundings and nature strongly influence her work.  Glass plays with light and colour like no other material, this combined with strong lines and shapes feature in her more abstract designs and jewellery. Glass is truly captivating, since graduating with a B.A in Fine Art she has been happily working, playing and training nationally and internationally in glass for nearly twenty years.

Siofra Holyland is a recipient of the EMERGE award. EMERGE is awarded to recent graduates and offers membership to the collective and retail experience within our Craft and Design Shop here in Douglas. Siofra is a Graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design. She enjoys experimenting with different textures and exploring the endless possibilities of colour and pattern. Her textile designs feature, scarves, prints and lampshades and are available exclusively for the month of September.

John McCarthy‘s flowing wood turned forms are back in the shop. We have work featuring sleek bowls, delicate rings holders and the beautiful Wine Butler which featured recently in our Cork Craft Month Collaboration ‘Taste for Craft’ with the traders of The English Market. John 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.

Nutty and Sweet Design was born in late 2019 as a passion to create original home ware and gifts, inspired by nature, family and good home cooking! Made by Iryna, a graphic designer and full time Mum, Nutty and Sweet Design features a beautiful range home-wares with swirling and colourful patterns such as tea towels and recipe cards, which make the perfect for any Foodie.

Pat Murphy of CK53 Designs creates a range of contemporary wooden gifts for the home. His ‘CK53 Design’ brand was born in the picturesque village of Kildorrery in north Cork. His work is stylish, yet practical and gives  a modern interpretation of traditional wooden items. Including items such as, butter knives, chopping boards and his beautiful triangle feature lamp. Pat, a self taught woodworker, has developed and honed his collection over the past number of years. Working with sustainable hardwoods, Pat strives to capture the natural colour of the more exotic woods, providing a fabulous accent to his bespoke pieces.

Molly Ellis is the needle felt artist behind the Irish wildlife brand The Wild Felter. She always had an affinity with wildlife and it seemed like a natural progression to use raw materials from animals as her tools. She creates needle felted originals and her work has also developed to providing high quality and affordable ranges of cards, prints, paperweights and more depicting Ireland’s most loved wildlife.

Kathryn Smyth is a jewellery maker from Cork City, now living outside Midleton, East Cork, where her studio is located. She creates unique art pieces and what she calls “mini wearable sculptures” (jewellery), in gold, sterling silver & bronze. Her work captures movement and wonder, and with something to suit everyone, from pendants to earrings, her jewellery makes the perfect gift.

Barbara Hall creates exquisite jewellery, from bracelets to earrings. Her handcrafted jewellery is made with freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones and sterling silver. Her inspiration comes from her maritime base. You can find a large selection of her treasures in one of our jewellery cabinets.

The detailed work of Kilcoe Studios returns to the shop. Kilcoe Studios is based near Skibbereen, Co Cork. Sonia’s interest in the extensive range of wild plants and trees in Ireland and also marine life and insects, gives her the inspiration on which to base her illustrations of nature. We are very excited to have the beautifully illustrated Calendar for 2021 along with some other beautiful work such as cards and prints.

Be sure to pop into us at Cork Craft and Design in Douglas to see the full range of treasures available from these new Irish Craft Makers for September. See you there!

It’s a Wrap!

It’s a wrap on Cork Craft Month 2020! With Cork Craft Month 2020 now behind us, we here at Cork Craft and Design would like to thank each and everyone one of you from the bottom of our hearts. From the event organizers, to the supporters and members of the public who tuned in to watch all of our online events and activities as part of  Cork Craft Month 2020.

Adapting to this year’s approach was no easy feat but everyone responded with resilience and we all embraced being pushed outside our comfort zone .

Cork Craft Month celebrates all things craft and design. This annual celebration every August is an opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent and skill there is in Cork across a range of craft and design disciplines.

Cork Craft Month is coordinated by Cork Craft & Design (CCD), a voluntary organisation of over 100 Cork-based craftspeople. As an umbrella group for professional craft makers in Cork, their goal is to make Cork city and county a recognised centre of excellence for making, seeing, collecting, buying and learning about contemporary craft.

The aim of Cork Craft Month is to bring together makers, communities, families, organisations, collectors, and enthusiasts, to build awareness about the value of the craft tradition in Ireland, as well as a showcase of craft and its people. For more updates check out the Cork Craft Month Instagram page.

Cork Craft Month is also a vehicle to ensure we continue to preserve, encourage and nurture the special skills of the people working in the craft sector. We needed to adapt our usual organisational approach to Cork Craft Month, as we moved many of our demonstrations and events online. In such unprecedented times we couldn’t be prouder to have achieved all of this for Cork Craft Month 2020.

We would like to thank you for joining us throughout Cork Craft Month, your support is so important to us. It’s a wrap on Cork Craft Month 2020! We are looking forward to the excitement of Cork Craft Month 2021. We will see you there!

 

Cork Craft & Design’s Showcase Exhibition Virtual Tour

For those who were unable to travel to visit Cork Craft & Design’s Showcase Exhibition in Ballydehob as part of Cork Craft Month, we have created on insightful virtual tour. Cork Craft & Design’s Showcase Exhibition virtual tour of the exhibition allows us to share in the magic of this stunning exhibition from the comfort of your own home. This years exhibition explores the theme of sustainability and environmentally conscious thinking.

Curator Tomasz Madajczak has guided us through the exhibition space, with the voice of the artists themselves explaining their work, their working processes and their inspiration. You can find out more about the event here.

We are excited to have an International element to our Showcase Exhibition this year, with Australian Artist Pattie Beerens work ‘Mattering Happening’. This work is a performative collaboration which occurred in Ireland and in Australia. While Curator Tomasz Madajczak created this piece indoors from Patties concept, Pattie created a version outdoors in Australia at the same time from the same concept. Tomaszs piece is on display in the space in the Working Artists Studio Exhibition Space in Ballydehob, and is accompanied by video footage of Patties work.

The exhibition is aiming to create a visual dialogue between craftsmen, makers and designers describing their approach to the biggest questions of our times. How can we sustain ourselves without exploiting the planet from its resources? You can experience the Cork Craft Month Showcase Exhibition virtual tour yourself here.

Acquiring a ‘Taste for Craft’

In a first for Cork Craft Month, Makers from Cork Craft and Design have teamed with food traders from The English Market. In ‘Taste for Craft’-Craft and Craft Food Collaboration, each Maker has been carefully paired with a Food Trader from the Market and takes place on the Social Media accounts of The English Market Traders.

In the first collaboration, The Chocolate Shop paired with Tony Farrell. The rich colour tones of Tony’s beautiful Ash Plate complement the rich tones of our dark chocolate. The plate works as the most amazing plate to share the tasting pleasures of various tasters of dark chocolate as an after dinner sweet the melt on your tongue. With two sizes available- 20cm and 26cm diameter- their are no limitations to the amount of chocolate one could taste.

In the second collaborations, Maki Sushi paired with Martin Horgan of Craftek. We combined Cratek’s amazing Wu Tong chopsticks with Maki Sushi’s vibrant Poké Bowl. This pairing of Craft and Craft Food proved to be an extremely successful match. Martin’s Wu Tong chopsticks are aimed at those of us who struggle with chopsticks and Asian eating customs, giving them that little bit of help with the technique. The chopsticks are made from American Black Walnut and are 25cm long.

Who doesn’t love boiled eggs and toast in the morning? O’Sullivan’s Poultry paired with Ceramacist Siobhain Steele in the third event. Displaying the exciting collaborative nature of O’Sullivan’s delicious free-range eggs and Siohain Steele’s delicately decorated egg cups, which are inspired by the nature around her.

Name a better combination than cheese and crackers? Cheese from On the Pig’s Back and CK53 Design’s Kildorrery Butter Knife of course! In the third installment we paired CK53 Design’s walnut Butter Knife with On the Pig’s Back’s delectable cheese. The knife is suitable for butter and soft cheese so it is the perfect accompaniment for your favourite On the Pig’s Back cheese.  Pat, from CK53 Design crafts each knife by hand from the natural wood. His family have a rich history in craft food and being from a region in Ireland renowned for its fine dairy produce it was a natural fit to pair CK53 Design with the renowned On the Pig’s Back.

 

 

We took an exciting trip to visit O’Flynn’s Gourmet Sausages in their sister shop on Winthrop Street to take some exciting foodie pictures with on of Brendan Ryan’s ceramic bowls. The craftsmanship of Brendan Ryan’s hand-thrown and Raku-fired bowls is echoed in the craftsmanship of the sausages made by O’Flynn’s Gourmet Sausage.  O’Flynn’s had two dishes on the menu- a salad bowl, packed with mixed leaves, red cabbage coleslaw, chopped peppers and sliced gherkins with their Spicy Mediterranean sausage being the star of the show. Second on the menu was a traditional ‘Pure Cork’ dish- Bangers and Mash. Made with sausages, creamy mash, peas and drizzled with gravy this is the perfect hearty dish. O’Flynn’s Gourmet Sausages have a wonderful blog post on the collaboration and will be sharing their recipes for these dishes on their website very soon!

This series of collaborations is in eight parts. With three in the series remaining, they are not to be missed! Stay tuned to the Events section on our website to see what is coming up next in the ‘Taste for Craft’-Craft and Craft Food Collaboration.

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