Made In Kilkenny Craft Trail
'MADE in Kilkenny' was formed in early 2009, and was set up to foster excellence in crafts in County Kilkenny, to encourage the growth of the professional craft industry and to promote the county as a shopping destination for authentic, handmade craft in Ireland.
Kilkenny, has long had the reputation for being a hub of creativity, and 'MADE in Kilkenny' contributes to this. In this brochure and on our website you will and a guide to various Designer-Makers, and a map to help you and them.
All the craftspeople in 'MADE in Kilkenny' make their own work using both traditional and modern techniques, from the white-hot furnace of the glass-blower to the throwing wheel of the potter. From the practiced hammering and manipulation of precious metals, the careful sawing, turning and chiseling of wood and stone, to the tasteful stitching of textiles and leather, all these craftspeople are contributing to Irelands heritage. They are preserving and developing ancient techniques, and presenting you with beautiful pieces to drink and to eat from, to carry and to store things in, to sit on, to admire, and to adorn the body with!
It is intended that you use this brochure as a shopping guide, for a pleasant day out visiting the various craft shops amongst Kilkenny's scenic countryside and historical city. Or, to get that perfect present for yourself or someone else, use the information and map provided to visit and meet a specic crafts person.
If you are staying in Kilkenny on a holiday, please use this guide and others in the range of Trail Kilkenny leisure guides to make your stay as interesting and pleasant as possible. For more information and links, may we direct you to our website
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.
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.
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.
His distinctive geometric/three dimensional range is crafted from precious metals and set with natural gemstones, especially Tahitian “black” pearl and diamond. Commissions are welcome at his workshop, located at the Castlecomer Estate Yard.
She produces an original range of hand thrown pottery that is both functional and decorative. She explores a wide range of decorative, visual and tactile qualities through the interplay of slips and glazes.
Castle Arch Pottery make bold honest pieces that stand out and enhance any domestic setting be it formal or decorative. At the workshop there is the chance to see the pottery being made and glazed, and the opportunity to buy in the charming shop.
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.
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.
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.
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.