About Craft in Ireland
Craft in Ireland is a dynamic and vibrant sector in Ireland, a key employer it makes a significant contribution to the Irish economy. Encompassing a range of different skills including textile making and clothing, pottery and ceramics, jewellery, glass and woodworking and furniture; Irish craft businesses are characteristically small in scale and are geographically widespread, but taken nationally the industry is a significant employer, currently sustaining 5,700 jobs in this sector.
Further details on craft in Ireland are available from the following websites.
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the main champion of the craft and design industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. Find our more about DCCoI here.
DCCoI Enterprise is the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's website for starting or growing a craft and design enterprise.
The National Craft Gallery based in Kilkenny is one of the most exciting artistic venues in the country. Open to the public and with free admission its commitment to excellence and innovation allows us to showcase some of the finest examples of contemporary craft.
DesignIreland.ie showcases the work of Ireland’s leading designers and craftspeople and provides consumers with inspiration, images and stories about talented Irish designers and their work.
Showcase Ireland is Ireland’s largest, craft, gift, fashion and interiors show, which takes place in the RDS, Dublin in January every year for national and international trade buyers.
Portfolio actively works to grow the reputations and potential of makers across all major disciplines of contemporary craft. Featured makers are those producing unique, innovative objects and working to high standards of design quality and technical skill.
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s ‘Future Maker Awards and Supports’ provide support for the next generation of makers to learn, experience, investigate, develop, create and shape the future of Irish craft.
A digital resource that supports learning about craft & design for children of all ages nationally in Ireland. It provides support and information for teachers at primary and second level and for craftspeople delivering craft based education programmes in schools, communities, museums, galleries and other learning centres.
2015 was a landmark year for Irish design. Throughout the year, Irish Design 2015 showcased over 2,000 designers at home and abroad to more than 1.4 million people, through over 600 projects.