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
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.
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.
Inga Reed designs and makes award winning contemporary jewellery for Irish and international galleries and retail outlets from her workshop. Working in precious metals, stones and pearls. Commissions are happily undertaken.
International jewellery designer, goldsmith and gemmologist. Jane designs and maks individually commissioned pieces in precious metal. Her work is unique and special.
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.
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.
Karen Morgan creates and designs a unique range of elegantly crafted table and decorative ware in Porcelain. Karen’s stylish porcelain range is skilfully hand thrown on the potters wheel. Visit her contemporary, bright and welcoming gallery.
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!
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.