Crafts - Made in Kilkenny
Throughout the city and county of Kilkenny, the visitor will find a host of craft and design studios and workshops. In Kilkenny, chances are as you walk the streets or drive through the countryside, you will have stumble across artisan craft workshops, lovingly selling hand crafted goods from solid wood furniture to small pieces of delicate textiles and jewellery
If you are looking for something really special, Kilkenny is the place for you.
Home to a vibrant artistic community, Kilkenny is filled with galleries, craft shops and design studions featuring some of Irelands best known designer- makers such as Nicholas Mosse , Chesneau Leathers, Jerpoint Glass, Rudolf Heltzel and Moth to a flame, candle makers.
The MADE in Kilkenny trail features many of of these makers whose studios are often in idyllic settings, offering an opportunity to meet the people behind each beautifully made piece.
A map is available showing the craft trail in Kilkenny City and County and can be viewed here
Ken Foley designs and produces unique ranges of women’s bags and backpacks, all using soft Italian leather. You can see the bags on offer or have a piece created just for you at Ken’s workshop!
A unique experience awaits you! They create their candles in a workshop by the bridge in Bennettsbridge. You can see these candles in production and browse in the adjoining shop, where Glow-Globes and Silkmoth Scented candles, to name but a few
Andrew hand builds forms using white earthenware clay and decorates them with coloured slips. Each one is a unique piece of art in its shape and decoration. His work is influenced by the indigenous arts of Africa and the Americas.
Tunde is an arts practitioner specialising in traditional and contemporary hand papermaking, printmaking, textiles and paper art installations. Her recent practice explores reminiscence, recollections and visual aspects of memories.
The outstanding craftsmanship that goes into a Rudolf Heltzel piece is truly something to behold! Each item is handmade using traditional methods that have a timeless aesthetic. Using 18ct gold, platinum and silver.
Maeve combines fine art printmaking with her love of textiles to create work for exhibition and commission. She transforms her materials to express themes concerning human traces, change and influence.
Duncan works to commission, producing one-off pieces of furniture. His signature is his uniquely curvaceous furniture; often asymmetrical yet balanced, creating a focal point in any room. He creates any form of freestanding furniture.
Brid Lyons designs and hosts a wide variety of contemporary ceramic pieces, original designs and sculptural work. Brid’s sculptural works are creative in form with vibrant glazes creating a unique character for each piece.
Stone carver Aileen-Anne Brannigan works with locally quarried Kilkenny Limestone and Black Marble, creating individual sculptures, commemorative pieces and carved stone bowls designed to enhance any setting.
She designs and produces a wide range of functional and sculptural stoneware ceramics, ranging from hand thrown tableware with rich, colourful glazes to highly decorative one-off pieces.