The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland are exhibiting Vase: Function reviewed which debates issues of functionality in ceramics through a series of works by Irish and international artists.
These wonderful examples are by Andrew Wicks, ‘Cobalt Garniture of Seven Vases’ in porcelain.
It runs at the National Crafts Gallery Kilkenny, from Saturday 6th August.
Traya’s Quest: The Journey Begins by Paulette Agnew (published by Clink Street Publishing 20th June 2016) is a very sweet book that would be perfect for the coffee table.
Agnew is a yoga teacher and this book encapsulates a series of teachings about the great eternal moral and spiritual laws and the condensed knowledge of the ancient masters, making it a story for young and old alike.
Good conversation starter! Available to order from online retailers including www.amazon.co.uk and to order from all good bookstores.
Some homes are lucky enough to have laundry or utility rooms while others have to figure a way to weave one into a kitchen or other space.
I’m loving this utility cupboard, I love hiding things away in the kitchen. Chocolate included. For a full list of Neptune stockist in Ireland see www.neptune.com
How sweet is this You Have My Heart ring? It’s by Mairead deBláca, an award-winning jewellery designer born in Cork and living in Dublin. The collection also includes pendants, earrings, and bracelets.
This ring is made in Ireland and is hallmarked by the assay office in the heart of historic Dublin Castle. deBláca Jewellry in Powerscourt Town House Dublin, on line at www.deblaca.ie
The silver ring retails at €85 and the gold plated retails at €95.
Darren Cassidy is exhibiting his Little People collection in Etain Hickey’s ‘Figuratively Speaking’ show at the moment. Here’s his newest work, stunning ceramics influenced by the sea.
Check him out on www.facebook.com/darrenfranciscassidy/ or at Etain Hickey’s shop in Clonakilty, West Cork.
Get the paint out to update existing garden furniture. if you need inspiration, the deck in this image is finished in Imperial Gray, Arborcoat, semi-solid, from €13.75 per 500ml.
The table is Ferndale Green, Arborcoat, solid, from €13.75 per 500ml by Benjamin Moore, at MRCB Paints & Papers, www.mrcb.ie
The Creative Wave exhibition continues at Galway City Museum, part of the always excellent Galway Arts Festival.
This chair by Sean Claffey is part of the work of students, graduates and staff of GMIT’s Letterfrack campus in Connemara- the Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design and Technology, and GMIT’s Centre for the Creative Arts and Media in Galway City. The show runs until 27 August and admission is free. www.gmit.ie
Make the garden organised and pretty with these ideas from Amara. Spot the cute Orla Kiely trowel? Is there anything that lady can’t do? It’s €27, see www.amara.com for more details.