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.

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. Find our more about DCCoI here.

DCCoI Enterprise

DCCoI Enterprise

DCCoI Enterprise is the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's website for starting or growing a craft and design enterprise.

National Design & Craft Gallery

National Design & Craft Gallery

The National Design & 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.

Design Ireland

Design Ireland

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

Showcase

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

PORTFOLIO

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.

Future Makers

Future Makers

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.

Irish Design 2015

Irish Design 2015

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.

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