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
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.
Heike Kahle & Klaus Hartmann work from their studios in rural Kilkenny. Heike makes a large selection of willow baskets & garden structures. Klaus produces a wide range of stoneware pottery using various glazes, decorating and firing techniques.
Rosemarie creates exquisite hand thrown stoneware tableware which is more reminiscent of china than pottery. The soft hues of Rosemarie Durr Pottery are subtle, yet distinctive and fit into every home and lifestyle.
For almost 40 years Kathleen and Keith Leadbetter have created a unique collection of Irish handmade glassware from their family run craft studio in Stoneyford. The character and personality of the craftsmen can be seen in each of the handmade pieces that combine everyday functionality with great design. Today you are invited to visit the studio shop and witness the free glassblowing demonstrations.
Mark Campden works in the ancient tradition of majolica, creating exquisitely decorated contemporary pieces. Using earthenware clay, tin glazes and his own mixtures of oxide pigments, he paints each piece using highly skilful brushwork techniques.
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.
Gus creates a wide range of functional stoneware pieces and large sculptural pieces for the home or garden. His large scale work includes garden planters and bird tables; produced to commission.
She specialises in horsehair and smoke fired ceramics. She is influenced by the Irish rural environment & likes to create simple natural looking forms with subtle colours and textures. Her love of horses directly influences her horsehair pottery.
MTW Jewellery is a Goldsmith/Designer who specialises in one off commissions. The jewellery is handmade in her workshop, which is open for visitors in the heart of Kilkenny City. She uses precious metals and precious and semi-precious gemstones.