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
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.
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.
Gold and silversmith, Friederike Grace, enjoys capturing the light in her unique jewellery. She also incorporates gemstones and diamonds into her designs, adding a splash of colour to the precious metals.
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.
He has over 10 years experience in making one-off commission pieces such as engagement rings and unusual individual items of jewellery. He takes your idea from concept to finished article with his unique design style and skill base.
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.
We pride ourselves on our ability to craft natural-fibre textiles made with mohair, Irish wool and merino lambswool. We produce a broad range of home furnishings, fashion accessories, knitting yarns and fabrics.
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.