Short Compilation of Irish Craftspeople at work
Cushendale Woollen Mills, Co. Kilkenny
Set on the millrace of the River Duiske, Cushendale Woollen Mills is a mill run by Philip Cushen's family since 1880. It's a brand steeped in history. "We dye, card and spin all our own yarn. We also make solid wool blankets and fashion accessories such as pocket stoles, scarves and hats. Because we dye all our own yarns our colours are unique to us". The red carpets at Áras an Uachtaráin were dyed by Cushendale Woollen Mills. The company has previously worked with fashion designers John Rocha and one-time enfant terrible, French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.
De Bruir Design, Co. Kildare
Leather worker and bespoke furniture maker Garvan de Bruir uses quality materials that speak for themselves. His leatherwork respects tradition while presenting a very contemporary yet hand-crafted finish. The leather satchels, weekend bags and parachute bags use old-school leather construction but remain rooted in the 21st Century. His hand-crafted small designs, such as his picture frames are fast becoming very coveted by the cognoscenti. These pieces are designed to sit in already established interiors.
Castlecomer Estate Yard, Co. Kilkenny
Castlecomer Estate yard was a farmyard, stables and kitchen gardens which provided the fresh produce for the Wandesforde family and many who lived and worked on the estate during the 1700's. Today the stables are home to a growing group of crafts people and artists.The first section of the yard has been fully restored and adapted to facilitate the resident artisans.
The craft yard is now part of the Castlecomer Discovery Park with its tree top walk, beautiful woodland walks, sculpture trail, fishing lakes and playground.
The video features Susan Boland who creates beautiful, functional pottery for all occasions. Working with stoneware clay, each of her pieces is hand thrown and crafted with meticulous attention to detail.
The Leitrim Design House, Co. Leitrim
The Leitrim Design House initiative, established by Leitrim County Enterprise Board in order to create a formal structure for arts and crafts in Co. Leitrim has become one of the most progressive craft, art & design clusters in Ireland and provides a clear example of how the talents of local people can be turned into a viable enterprise.
The Leitrim Design House is considered one of the landmark tourist attractions in County Leitrim and attracts substantial visitor numbers into Carrick-on- Shannon.
Artisans of Russborough House, Co. Wicklow
The Artisans of Russborough formed in 2009 and are a group of resident artists working within the grounds of Russborough House. The collective includes a diverse range of artisans including a Hand Weaver & Painter, a Candle Maker, a Wood Turner and a Bog Oak Sculptor and also Cruthú, the West Wicklow Art and Craft Group.
The video features Sculptural Blacksmiths Gunvar Anhøj and Michael Calnan whose objectives as craftspeople is to create one-off pieces or limited editions of sculpture/functional sculpture. These are realised through the process of forging and involve both ferrous and non-ferrous materials, i.e. forged copper steel, bronze, iron and stainless steel.
Connemara Candles, Co. Galway
Connemara Candles was established by Walter and Heather de Lacy in 1988 in Billamore, Oughterard, Co. Galway. Walter is by profession a geologist, who came to the west of Ireland from Dublin in 1974 as a prospector for a mining company. Originally the assignment was for eight weeks, but this stretched into two years, during which time the cottage in Billamore was acquired. Walter has been making candles as a hobby for over 30 years and decided to devote himself to it full time in 1987. Soon after, Connemara Candles was founded.
Kiltrea Bridge Pottery, Co. Wexford
Michael and his wife Johanna, who has a background in textiles and weaving, met in Finland but moved to Ireland in 1980 to establish their studio in an area that boasts a proud tradition of pottery-making that can be traced back to 1654. Kiltrea is in an idyllic spot and sits nestled on the banks of the River Urrin, close to the bustling market town of Enniscorthy in County Wexford.
The Irish Handmade Glass Company, Co. Waterford
The Irish Handmade Glass Company specialises in coloured cut and blown glass. The company was founded by former-Waterford Crystal workers and brings together the talents of four craftsmen; three master blowers and a master glass cutter. Together they have 130 years of experience in the medium.
Barry Doyle Design Jewellers, Dublin 2
Barry Doyle Design Jewellers are a husband and wife team who set up their business 14 years ago to give customers a more personal experience when purchasing jewellery. Barry and Addrianna understand the importance of a handmade piece of jewellery and want to share the creative experience with their customers, so they know who made their jewellery, why they made it and how it was made.
Their loft studio is situated in the 19th Century listed Georges Street Arcade, in Dublin city centre.
Barry started his career by learning the trade from his father who is also a goldsmith. Addrianna is a gem specialist and member of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.
Bear Essentials, Co. Cavan
Bear Essentials offer classic handcrafted designs created for timeless appeal. Bear Essentials is committed to using the highest quality of materials and encourages the preservation of Irish Art & Craft. Bear Essentials provides a memorable experience for customers regardless of age. The showrooms offer customers a chance to step back in time and an experience to remember. Bear Essentials offers ‘Build a Bear’ Family Workshops and one-to-one Teddy Bear Skill Courses.
Ceardlann, Craft and Design Studio, Co. Galway
Ceardlann Craft Centre and Café are situated directly across from Spiddal Beach, Connemara, looking out across the great expanse of Galway Bay to the unique Burren region, the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. The Craft Centre allows visitors the chance to come and see the arts and craft people at work. working and bring home beautiful gifts for yourself, friends or family. Included in the current studios are a basket maker, a glass artist, ceramicists, weavers and a jeweler.
The video features Sliding Rock Ceramics, run by Rob D’Eath. Rob produces thrown, functional stoneware. He also makes sculptural work and has collaborated successfully with artists in other fields.
'Falling Leaves from Fallen Trees', Co. Louth
Terry O'Brien's main objective in business is 'to make enough money to pay the bills and feed my family'. Terry comes from a background of working for the famous Hicks Cabinet Makers where he learned his trade and became their top carver.
Falling Leaves from Fallen Trees was an idea formed some years ago when Terry discovered the large amounts of fallen trees from the local wood which had come down in storms and were left for firewood. The quality of this wood encouraged Terry to begin designing unique pieces and specialising in wooden bowls and boards.
The best part of Terry's day is going to work in his workshop.