The Irish Craft Village, along with members of the public, will be involved in creating a mosaic ship of hand painted ceramic tiles, which will be donated by the Crafts Council of Ireland to Waterford city, this weekend.
The city is to host almost 50 tall ships, 1,500 sail trainees and an anticipated 500,000 maritime, music and festival fans on the quays of Ireland’s oldest city, from June 30 to July 3.
The festival will tee up the actual start of the Tall Ships Race on Sunday July 3, when the international fleet of tall ships leave Waterford.
Ceramic artist Orla Kaminska has designed a template for the 4x2m nautical-themed mosaic installation.
Visitors over eight years of age are encouraged to take part.
Waterford city manager Michael Walsh said the piece of ceramic art will be enjoyed for generations to come in Waterford.
“The city of Waterford is extremely excited about this fantastic project to commemorate the visit of the Tall Ships in 2011 which is also the Year of Craft,” said Mr Walsh.
Karen Hennessy, chief executive of the Crafts Council of Ireland, said the Year of Craft 2011 is about encouraging the people to seek out, experience and learn more about genuine Irish craft.
“When people have the opportunity to actively engage with craft they have a greater appreciation for the unique, handmade work of crafts-people living and working here in Ireland,” said Ms Hennessy.
Visitors to the Tall Ships Race will be able to meet with crafts-people and learn more about how their work is made through live demonstrations in ceramics, textiles, paper art, basket-making and wood-turning.
Meanwhile, Irish Water Safety has issued advice to all those visiting the Tall Ships Festival 2011, to dial either 112 or 999 in a case of an emergency. If a telephone is not available, people are asked to contact a garda, Civil Defence officer or stewards on duty for help.
The Irish Water Safety has warned people not to go too near the quay-side edges and to remember falling down between a quay and a boat is one of the most difficult places to get rescued from.
lA detailed schedule of workshops and details about the event are available online at www.craftinireland.co and waterfordtallshipsrace.ie.