MADE in Kilkenny
‘MADE in Kilkenny’ was formed in early 2009, it 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 a long-standing reputation for being a hub of creativity and ‘MADE in Kilkenny‘ contributes to this.
All the craftspeople in ‘MADE in Kilkenny’ make their own work using both traditional and modern techniques. From the white-hot furnace of a glass-blower, the throwing wheel of a potter and the practiced hammering and manipulation of precious metals to the careful sawing, turning and chiseling of wood and stone and to the tasteful stitching of textiles and leather
Contributing to Ireland’s heritage, they are committed to preserving and developing ancient techniques, and presenting you with beautiful pieces to drink and to eat from, to carry and to store things, to sit on, to admire, and to adorn the body with!
You can watch pots being thrown in pottery shops such as Castle Arch Pottery in the Castle Yard where you can chat with the artists as they work. Browse through high quality pieces of jewellery crafted by Derek Blanche, a goldsmith with ten years’ experience. Check out Aileen Anne Brannigan’s stone carvings that are sure to enhance any setting. If you’re looking for a truly unique experience you must visit ‘Moth to a Flame’ in Bennettsbridge, a craft stronghold, where you can see the production of hand made candles, and afterwards, purchase the finished product in their shop.
For a pleasant day out visiting the many craft shops dotted throughout Kilkenny’s scenic countryside and historical city, or to find that very special gift, the Kilkenny Craft Trail is a must.
Visitors and locals alike will love this trail, it’s an absolute must do. Download the Kilkenny Craft Trail Map here.