Craft time

LIFTING our heads above the drizzle and grey clouds becomes more challenging as our so-called summer progresses towards darker evenings, leaving us with the feeling summer has by-passed us altogether.

As an antidote, get out and about and indulge in some cultural activity when the third annual Cork Craft Month comes to town. From Friday, Aug 10 to Sunday, Sept 9 events around the city and county will keep you busy and stimulated, with opportunities for buying and even getting active in craft-making.

At its hub is a craft village centred around the Cornmarket Street area of Cork City where the Locus exhibition will take place from Aug 10-23. Showing a mix of traditional and contemporary furniture by Cork-based designer/makers, it is also a selling exhibition so if you have a hankering to commission a piece of furniture or buy something on show that may be part of a limited edition collection, this is an opportunity to meet and chat to a variety of established and up-and-coming designers. Over 25 other events will be spread across the city and county. Kinsale, with its established arts and cultural milieu, will host an exhibition entitled Who Made This? Cork Creates will also take place at the Old Mill, Kinsale from Aug 10-26. Rather interestingly, it takes the focus off the crafted product and onto the crafts person to inform the public of the story — concept and development — behind the work.

Also in Kinsale, The Coach House Gallery will show ceramics by Adrian Wistreich and students from the Kinsale Pottery School, which might tempt visitors to take up a class.

In Clonakilty, the Etain Hickey Gallery celebrates pottery produced by the Society of Cork Potters. This promises to be an eclectic show as a component of it will show ceramics made by some of the exhibitors participating in a ceramic printing workshop under the tutelage of award-winning Scottish ceramicist Wendy Kershaw.

As part of the Open Studio calendar of events which allows the public to see makers at work, an opportunity to see the lovely craft of bookbinding in the making is offered by Barbara Hubert. Her studio in Tobin Street, Cork, is open to visitors who can observe the intricacies of this venerable craft. So too is the studio of Bantry-based woodcarver Ben Russell who is also running workshops for anyone who would like to try crafting something from a chunk of wood.

The Made in Cork Trail allows the public to dip in and out of events and craft exhibitions moving away from city centre locations to workshops hidden away in the countryside. Check out West Cork Crafts in Skibbereen, run as a collective by local craft-makers, the Fiona Turley Gallery Crafts in Kilworth near Fermoy, and the Heron Gallery in Schull. By the time you get to Adrigole Arts and Hungry Hill Gallery in Adrigole, Beara, you’ll need a nice pot of tea and a bun, and let’s face it we’re not only spoilt for choice when it comes to craft around the county, we’re not short of tea shops either. ¦ Next week we’re looking for the perfect sofa.


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