Esther N McCarthy highlights the best of the Rebel County’s creative brilliance as Cork Craft Month draws to a close, after a hugely successful tenth year.
Meet ceramicist Bernadette Tuite whose work was also placed in the spotlight during Cork Craft Month. She is a graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design, where she studied for an applied art degree. See more at ww.corkcraftanddesign.com
Dynamic duo Jade Hogan and Jo Slevin are the artists behind Mr Kite Designs and they work out of the Over the Line Studio in Ballyvolane to create quirky, colourful and eclectic designs, like these very cool lampshades, starting at €30.
For more check out mrkitedesigns on Instagram and Etsy.
Their website is under construction at the moment.
Sophie Longwill is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses humour and craft to explore the every day and make the ordinary more extraordinary.
She is a jeweller for the designer Chupi and serves on the Board of the Glass Society of Ireland.
This glass bowl (above) is called Sprinkles and it’s €89.99, more info at www.sophielongwill.ie/ and www.longwillstudio.com/
Siobhan Steele says she is drawn to the natural Irish landscape and her ceramic designs are influenced by the simplicity tranquillity and beauty surrounding her Rathcormac studio.
Each ceramic piece is designed and handcrafted with care evoking a sense of simplicity, serenity and connection. This three-piece hearts set is €30. www.siobhainsteeleceramics.com/
This is another piece from Sophie Longwill called Adulting — Modern Love Letter in Glass, €379.
The collection is made up of snippets of everyday life illustrated in very delicate pâte-deverre glass. They are also available as the original watercolour paintings, digital prints and cards.
Working out of his showroom and workshop in Midleton, woodworker Ronan Power is best known for his incredible custom made kitchens and cabinetry designs.
His favourite quote is: “From the trees it comes from, to the creations within their timbers” and he says it has been a long journey of embracing, rejecting and fine-tuning from a wide range of influences to create his own style, which he describes as the best of the traditional Irish farmhouse while fully embracing the contemporary.
We adore this bread bin, €100, find out more at www.ronanpowercabinetmaker.ie/
This glorious purple chair is the creation of textile artist Síofra Holyland.
Siofra was the recipient of the 2019 Emerge Award for Contemporary Applied Arts at the launch of Cork Craft Month. We can see why. Find out more at www.instagram.com/sioff_/
This stunning chair is the work of James McDonald who is a graduate of CSN Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, he had his piece on show in The Gallery at No.46 Grand Parade as part of Cork Craft Month.