Newest Members – October 2021

We are delighted to share with  you the newest members to join our collective over the past couple of months. Some incredible talent here and we are excited to welcome them all to the Cork Craft and Design community.


Katie Sandham is a mix media maker based in Bweeng, North Cork. Katie is an Arts Graduate from University College Cork, who is Inspired by nature and the elements, she works mostly with encaustics, to create a variety of pieces.

Katie works to capture emotion and a sense of place and belonging in her original pieces, with a story behind every one.  Katie created Gloundine Studio in 2021, to pursue her passion for creating.



To round up this talented bunch is Cork textile maker Orla McCarthy of Loombeam. Orla completed a degree in Textile and Surface Design (BA Honours) in NCAD in 2014. She then went on to win the Society of Dyers and Colourists International Design Competition in 2014.

Orla set up Loombeam while being temporarily laid off from her full-time job in retail. She works with Punch Needle Embroidery and Weaving techniques to create colourful, joyous wall hangings. She is obsessed with colour and the endless combinations she can come up with. Words and Typography are another big part of her work and bring a sense of fun and humour to her pieces. She is available for commissions and happy to work to a clients brief.



Kira O’Brien Ceramics Kira is a graduate from Colaiste Stiofain Naofa and The Crawford College of Art and Design. She has been working in clay for the past sixteen years and has Exhibited both Nationally and Internationally , most notably La Corouge Switzerland , Missoula Gallery Montana and Ceramic Biennale Croatia. She is a member of The Society Of Cork Potters, Nua Collective and Owenabue Artist Collective. She is currently teaching Adult  Ceramic Night Classes in Colaiste Stiofain Naofa. Kira also works on a Commission basis. She lives and works in Crosshaven Cork.

Kira’s one of a kind pieces are made in earthenware and stoneware and come in Functional and Sculptural forms. They are decorated with slips, stains and enamels.



Mandie Wheeler is the brainchild behind Earthly Candles  who make hand poured soy wax candles and wax melt bars, Mandie always loved candles and after months of testing many different waxes, wicks, and methods in order to create the perfect candle, she succeeded! Each candle is made using quality soy wax, premium fragrance oils and most importantly, love.

All the packaging used by Earthly Candles is eco-friendly with zero plastic involved and has a very minimalistic look to it.




Brendan Corcoran is a furniture maker and designer whose workshop is based outside of the idyllic countryside village of Ballinhassig Co. Cork. A Cork native he trained in furniture making

and design in Scoil Stiofan Naofa, working here in Ireland for a time before emigrating to Toronto ,Canada. While there he worked making custom furniture and high end cabinetry under a number of talented Canadian craftspeople.

Having returned home in 2018 he decided to work for himself crafting his own designs. His work is inspired by the natural character of the timber itself, traditional methods of joinery and simple yet elegant design. He is however, happy to work with clients on a commission basis utilising the skills he has learned over the years to achieve the particular style they may want but are unable to find elsewhere. His work ranges from small scale jewellery boxes and cabinetry through to larger free standing furniture such as kitchen tables and beds and on occasion fitted furniture for living rooms/bedrooms and offices. His specialty items being smaller keepsake boxes, display cabinets and the like, as the scale allows him to focus on the finer details.



Goldie Threads Embroidery: Fiona is an embroidery artist specialising in creating custom pet portraits & wildlife inspired pieces. She is a huge dog-lover and many of her pieces include little elements of dog-related humour! Her work is characterised by highly detailed stitching, forever trying to capture the essence of her furry, feathered, scaley or leafy subject. Happiest when surrounded by nature, her work is an outward expression of the things that spark real joy.

All Fiona’s original designs are stitched on cotton and upcycled fabrics, and framed in bamboo hoops or stitched on 100% certified organic sustainable tote bags.



Another Fantastic Year Celebrating Cork Craft Month

We are almost at the end of Cork Craft Month 2021, and while we are sad to say goodbye for another year, we could not be more delighted with the success of this year’s celebrations!  


Every August, we look to honour Cork-based artists and crafters through our festivities, in an effort to showcase the talent of our Cork Craft and Design makers and to help boost support for their small Irish businesses. 


This year, our show-stopping line-up included over 70 different workshops, talks, demonstrations and events, making it our biggest year yet. After last year’s virtual celebrations, it was wonderful to see visitors face-to-face again this year, all socially distanced of course. And so far, we have received a great response from the Cork community with a fantastic turnout to events.  


And while the pandemic was a very tough time for our members, with restrictions limiting their ability to exhibit and sell their work, it has allowed our small Cork crafting community to expand – welcoming people everywhere through online events, something which we carried with us again into this year’s festivities.  


For many of our makers they rely on their craft as their primary source of income, so raising awareness of their business has always been top of mind when organising Cork Craft Month each year. Every event running throughout the month provides a direct link between the public and our makers, building relationships and boosting support for these small businesses. The network gained through Cork Craft Month not only strengthens the craft community across Cork, but it also goes a long way towards establishing these individual brands on a wide scale.  


An initiative that has been crucial in introducing makers to the public is the ‘Made in Cork’ Craft and Food Market. The vibrant outdoor market, featuring over 25 stalls of high-quality handmade Cork Craft, offers visitors the chance to meet makers and learn about their work directly from the source! So come on down and help us wrap up Cork Craft Month 2021 at the final ‘Made in Cork’ Craft and Food Market on August 29th at St. Patrick’s Woollen Mills, Douglas. Full event information is available here.  


Want to take part in next year’s celebrations? Find out more about becoming a member of Cork Craft and Design here. 


Cork Craft Month promotes the value of the Cork craft industry, empowering small businesses, and establishing Cork as a leader in the Irish craft and design sector. Without the support of our dedicated sponsors, this simply would not be possible, so we would like to sincerely thank each organisation involved in supporting our celebrations and making this year the biggest, and most exciting Craft Month yet. 


So, here’s to our sponsors: The Local Enterprise Office, Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork Education and Training Board, Cork County Council’s Cobh Municipal District, Creative Ireland, MTU Crawford College of Art, the Heritage Council of Ireland and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. 


How to make the best of Cork Craft Month 2021

With over 70 events planned as part of this year’s Cork Craft Month festivities, you may be struggling to decide what workshop, demonstration or talk to sign up for! So, we’ve pulled together a handy guide on how to make the most of Cork Craft Month 2021 with a run-down of key events and how to get involved. As this year’s the biggest year of festivities so far – we can’t include them all, but the full list of activities can be found on our online events calendar!   


‘Baile’ Annual Showcase Exhibition 

Taking place in Working Artist Studios, Ballydehob, the annual showcase exhibition is running for the entirety of Cork Craft Month. This year’s theme, ‘Baile’ reflects on the past year spent in lockdown, highlighting the relationship with our homes, both as a living and working space for our crafters.  


Introduction to Art Jewellery 

Join Jaki Coffey for an enjoyable workshop in creating your own art jewellery. Jaki will guide you through the design and making process to construct an interesting, wearable piece. This workshop is also an opportunity to meet other makers who share your interest and passion for creativity. Taking place on August 13th, book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.  


Emerge Exhibition 

Come and see a celebration of the hard work and talent of graduating students at the ‘Emerge’ Exhibition at  46 The Gallery on Grand Parade. Open from August 6th through to the 31st, help us embrace the newest additions of the vibrant community of Irish craft and design.  


‘From the Earth’ Exhibition 

Running from August 4th until the end of the month, visitors can experience a collaborative exhibition between Cork’s Artisan Furniture Makers, Ceramicists, Glass Artists, Blacksmiths and Stoneworkers. This exhibition will showcase both the beauty and craftsmanship of these Cork based traditional makers who are creating high quality and bespoke pieces from wood, clay, class, metal and stone. Taking place in Douglas Village Shopping Centre, visitors have the chance to meet the makers and learn about their materials, inspiration and process behind their craft.  


National Heritage Week 

To coincide with National Heritage Week there are a number of Cork Craft Month events running in tandem to celebrate traditional heritage crafts as well as their importance to Irish culture. Here are some of our top picks. 



An Tionscadal Tuí (Straw Crafting) at Kilcoe Studios  

Kilcoe Studios in West Cork, supported by Creative Ireland, have a weekend of straw craft workshops and demonstrations planned that you don’t want to miss!  

On August 21st get hands-on at the Harvest Event with Brown Envelope Seeds. Visitors can expect to celebrate the folklore and traditions of harvest time while taking part in the threshing and harvesting of the grain. Spaces are limited for this event, so make sure to buy your tickets and avoid disappointment! 

For those who can’t make it down to West Cork, no panic! On August 22nd, Sonia from Kilcoe Studios will be taking her workshop online. Learn about the importance of straw craft and it’s traditions here in Ireland, and pick up a few basic techniques including ropemaking, braiding and decorative work as Sonia demonstrates her craft! This event is free of charge, but spaces are limited so book today. 


And finally, on August 23rd, bring the kids to a multi-generational Straw Craft Workshop and explore different styles of decorative straw plaiting and braiding. Suitable for kids over 9, participants will learn to make decorative bracelets and a harvest bow. Again spaces are limited so booking in advance is advised. 


Heritage Week with Chapel Hill School of Art  

Continuing the Heritage Week celebrations, Chapel Hill School of Art will join Cork Craft & Design to host a series of Heritage events during Cork Craft Month. On August 21st from 1:00pm – 4:00 pm, visitors have their choice of three, very different heritage events. 


Fancy taking a Basket Weaving Workshop with Rosemary Kavanagh of Wild Rose Basketry? Join Rosemary at this family-friendly workshop where participants learn to weave willow and bull rush ‘fishes’ and hanging spirals through the medium of storytelling about our native salmon and Heritage arts. Get you tickets today 


What about a Bronze age casting and mould making demonstration with Helle Helsner? Helle is an artist and educator with knowledge of experimental archaeology. In this demonstration, Helle will share ancient methods of Bronze Age casting and mould making techniques with visitors. This event is free to the public – we hope to see you there!   


The final event is a Clay Head Modelling Workshop presented by James Horan, an experienced sculptor and tutor. Experience the ancient craft of clay modelling as you use your hands, as well as carving tools to learn this 3-dimensional foundation skill for budding and experienced sculptors alike! This workshop is free to the public, not to be missed!  

Online Shop 

For those who can’t make it to Cork Craft Month this year, but still want to support the talents of our craft makers, our online shop will be available throughout the month of August. Featuring the finest craft Ireland has to offer and showcasing the passionate work of our local craftspeople, our shop offers everyone the chance to experience, browse and shop our selection of Cork made crafts. 

With all of these events and more planned for the month of August, what are you waiting for, visit our events calendar and get booking while spaces are still available!  


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Cork’s local crafters cannot wait to welcome people to a packed line-up of events this August as Cork Craft Month returns for 2021.

Coordinated by Cork Craft & Design, Cork Craft Month honours Ireland’s thriving craft tradition, championing our 110 members and letting up and coming crafters, hobbyists, collectors and people of all ages connect at family-friendly events throughout the month.

Following on from the success of last year’s virtual festival, we’re delighted to welcome people to in-person events this while staying connected to our online community through digital workshops and exhibitions.

With over 70 exceptional workshops, masterclasses, artist talks, trails and demonstrations events showcasing the best of contemporary Irish craft taking place throughout the month, this year will be our biggest year yet. On top of the stellar line-up of workshops, talks and events there are also several free family-friendly activities to keep the kids busy during the summer holidays! So get your diaries, and check out some of the upcoming highlights below.


Showcase Exhibition – Despite the challenges facing crafters during the pandemic, being at home created the space to focus, to be creative, and to try new things. To mark a year spent inside, our showcase Baile/Home exhibitionwill focus on craft work that responds to experience of the last 16 months. The exhibition launches on the July 9th at Working Artist Studios, Ballydehob.


From The Earth – Douglas Village Shopping Centre will host this collaborative exhibition, featuring the work of furniture makers, ceramicists and the From the Earth


EMERGE – The Gallery @ No.46 on Grand Parade will host Emerge, a showcase for up-and-coming Cork crafters. The exhibition will include graduating students from CIT Crawford College, Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, St John’s Central College, Kinsale College and Skibbereen College of Commerce. The exhibition will open on August 5th and run through Cork Craft Month.


Craft Markets

Fancy browsing through authentic Irish craft stalls? Throughout the month of August there will be different craft markets taking place across the city.

  • Made in Cork – The Cork Craft & Design shop at St. Patrick’s Mill Douglas will host two Made in Cork craft and food markets, on Sunday August 8th and Sunday August 29th. These vibrant outdoor markets will feature more than 25 stalls full of local handmade crafts, as well as local food and coffee vendors. Pop-up workshops and demonstrations will also take place each day, making it a great day out for all the family.


  • There will be also an online shop featuring local crafts launching on Friday July 9 and running through the end of August. Check it out at


Heritage Week Workshops in the Chapel Hill School of Art

To celebrate Heritage Week, on Wednesday, August 21st Cork Craft Month will host three workshops in Chapel Hill School of Art, Macroom. Learn about traditional heritage crafts and their importance to Irish culture, with each workshop shining the spotlight on a different craft.

  • Basket Weaving workshop with Rosemary Kavanagh of Wild Rose Basketry
  • Bronze Age Casting and Mould-making demonstration with Helle Helsner
  • Sketching in Stone workshop with stone sculptor James Horan


Traditional Straw Craft events 

Down in West Cork, Kilcoe Studios will be running a series of events celebrating traditional straw craft, An Tionscadal Túí (The Straw Project). The series will open with a harvest workshop on August 21st, followed by a family-friendly, multigenerational straw craft workshop, suitable for children over the age of nine on August 24th. Don’t worry if you can’t make it down West as there will also be a unique online straw plaiting workshop on August 25th too, where materials will be sent out in advance so people can craft along together.


Greywood Art Centre Workshops 

Greywood Arts, based in a historic Georgian house in the centre of Killeagh, East Cork, will host a series of weekly workshops on Fridays during Cork Craft Month. On August 6th, Martha Cashman will run a Drawing with Clay workshop and demonstration. Two jewellery making workshops will take place in the weeks after, with Jaki Coffey on August 13th and Barbara Hall on August 20. Woodturner John O’Shea will host the final workshop on August 27th.


Cork Craft Month would not be possible without the continued support of the Local Enterprise Office, Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork Education and Training Board, and Cork County Council’s Cobh Municipal District, Creative Ireland and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.


For details on all our events, check out our calendar here. 

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
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

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.