Welcome

Welcome to Learn Craft Design the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s (DCCoI) on-line resource that gives teachers, educators and craftspeople inspiration, ideas and the tools to engage and excite children and young people in the making process.

CRAFTed

CRAFTed is a programme for primary schools, promoting learning through creativity and innovation. It’s developed and delivered in partnership with the 21 full time Education Centres across Ireland. CRAFTed is an opportunity to explore creativity and learn new skills working with professional craftspeople.

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Future Makers

The Crafts Council of Ireland’s ‘Future Maker Awards and Grants’ provide support for the next generation of makers to learn, experience, investigate, develop, create and shape the future of Irish Craft. Future Makers fund: research, training, residencies, materials, exhibitions and more.

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Crafting Your Future

A career in craft is diverse, challenging, innovative, creative and fulfilling. If you’re interested in learning more about a career in craft and design you will find information here about career paths and where to train.

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What is Craft & Design

Every object in our world is designed or crafted. Tables, watches, computers, cups, clothing, shoes and a billion other objects. Craftspeople and designers shape the visual world around us using imagination, skill, design-technology and craft traditions.

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Craft Education Panel

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Michelle-rose Quinn

I am a ceramic artist, currently based in Drogheda, Co .Louth.
I have obtained a pass degree in Fine Art from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

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Lorraine Bowen

I established a textile design studio producing hand printed and hand painted fabrics and products for the premium craft, fashion and gift markets in 1994.

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Johnny Shiels

I come from a family tradition of wheel-right and coopers.

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Anne Mc Donnell

I graduated from Limerick School of Art And Design in 1997 with a degree in Fine Art Printmaking In May 1998

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Vivienne Martin

A graduate from Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology in 2009. Born in Limerick, Vivienne received a first class honors degree in textile design. She currently speciali ...

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Craft Materials

Ceramics

Ceramics are typically very strong and can be found in watch parts, car spark plugs, electrical conductors, phone lines, appliance coatings, space shuttle & aeroplane nose ...

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Craft Materials

Metal

Sheet, wire, tube, bars and nuggets are some of the forms that metal can be bought in today. Jewellers, blacksmiths and other metalworkers apply a variety of skills, techniques ...

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Craft Materials

Wood

To make furniture successfully it is important to know two simple facts, wood moves meaning that it takes in and releases moisture in its cells and swells or shrinks accordingly ...

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How its made and Who makes it

Bruce Metcalf

Bruce Metcalf, renowned jewellery designer shares his beginnings as a young designer and how he initially became attracted to this craft. He discusses his intentions for his wor ...

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How its made and Who makes it

Castle Arch Pottery

From the series, Stories in the Making. Kilkenny based, Castle Yard Pottery proprietor Ray Power explains how he came to be started out, from initially studying ceramic design, ...

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How its made and Who makes it

Hope & Benson, Handbags

From the series, Stories in the Making. Angela Hope talks about her (co-owned) handbag label, Hope and Benson. Discussing her early drive to work in the fashion industry before ...

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Art of Fashion

Featured in IMMA’s Art of Fashion exhibition earlier this year, Mary Katranzou puts the ‘room on the woman’. For interview: http://www.whatshewears.ie/mary-ka ...

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Grayson Perry

‘Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’ is the Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry’s exhibition and memorial to the anonymous skilled individuals who made object ...

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Power of Making

What do words like “craft” and “skill” mean in 2011? That is one of the questions the V&A exhibition ‘Power of Making’ seeks to answer.

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What We're up to

Cast Clay Bells

Get musical and assist ceramic artist Ciara O’Sullivan create a jingling bell installation, learning to slip cast your own clay bell. Once cast, each bell can be decorated and ...

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Family Day: Origami

Join us for our crafty Family Day where we will be joined by textile artist Gina Faustino and be taking inspiration from the spirograph featured in our current exhibition Beauty ...

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National Drawing Day

Join us at the National Craft Gallery for an afternoon of drop-in drawing activities to celebrate National Drawing Day. Create a giant Spirograph drawing, weave large drawings i ...

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