Crafts - Made in Kilkenny
Throughout the city and county of Kilkenny, the visitor will find a host of craft and design studios and workshops. In Kilkenny, chances are as you walk the streets or drive through the countryside, you will have stumble across artisan craft workshops, lovingly selling hand crafted goods from solid wood furniture to small pieces of delicate textiles and jewellery
If you are looking for something really special, Kilkenny is the place for you.
Home to a vibrant artistic community, Kilkenny is filled with galleries, craft shops and design studions featuring some of Irelands best known designer- makers such as Nicholas Mosse , Chesneau Leathers, Jerpoint Glass, Rudolf Heltzel and Moth to a flame, candle makers.
The MADE in Kilkenny trail features many of of these makers whose studios are often in idyllic settings, offering an opportunity to meet the people behind each beautifully made piece.
A map is available showing the craft trail in Kilkenny City and County and can be viewed here
Stone carver Aileen-Anne Brannigan works with locally quarried Kilkenny Limestone and Black Marble, creating individual sculptures, commemorative pieces and carved stone bowls designed to enhance any setting.
His distinctive geometric/three dimensional range is crafted from precious metals and set with natural gemstones, especially Tahitian “black” pearl and diamond. Commissions are welcome at his workshop, located at the Castlecomer Estate Yard.
Heike Kahle & Klaus Hartmann work from their studios in rural Kilkenny. Heike makes a large selection of willow baskets & garden structures. Klaus produces a wide range of stoneware pottery using various glazes, decorating and firing techniques.
Castle Arch Pottery make bold honest pieces that stand out and enhance any domestic setting be it formal or decorative. At the workshop there is the chance to see the pottery being made and glazed, and the opportunity to buy in the charming shop.
Mark Campden works in the ancient tradition of majolica, creating exquisitely decorated contemporary pieces. Using earthenware clay, tin glazes and his own mixtures of oxide pigments, he paints each piece using highly skilful brushwork techniques.
Gold and silversmith, Friederike Grace, enjoys capturing the light in her unique jewellery. She also incorporates gemstones and diamonds into her designs, adding a splash of colour to the precious metals.
A unique experience awaits you! They create their candles in a workshop by the bridge in Bennettsbridge. You can see these candles in production and browse in the adjoining shop, where Glow-Globes and Silkmoth Scented candles, to name but a few
Karen Morgan creates and designs a unique range of elegantly crafted table and decorative ware in Porcelain. Karen’s stylish porcelain range is skilfully hand thrown on the potters wheel. Visit her contemporary, bright and welcoming gallery.
She designs and produces a wide range of functional and sculptural stoneware ceramics, ranging from hand thrown tableware with rich, colourful glazes to highly decorative one-off pieces.
Gus creates a wide range of functional stoneware pieces and large sculptural pieces for the home or garden. His large scale work includes garden planters and bird tables; produced to commission.