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

Henri Hedou

I have run my own workshop for the last 26 years but have been immersed in the ceramic world for over 40 years.

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Elena Brennan

I was a free lance jewellery designer and master pattern maker for the trade in Dublin, before going out on my own in 2009. I studied a degree in Fine Craft Design, J ...

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Marika Miklosi Manning

I am a textile artist living in Co. Kilkenny, born in Berlin. I have been practising feltmaking and textile art since 2006.

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Hilary Doherty

My main craft discipline is Fashion & Textiles specialising in Constructed Textiles: Woven Fabric with Hand & Machine Knitting. Other craft disciplines incl ...

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Sheila Jordan

I studied ceramic design and worked as a potter for a number of years. I have delivered the CCoI CRAFTed programme to two schools in Kilkenny in 2010 and 2011 and hav ...

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Craft | Design

Craft Materials

Glass

Glass can be textured by casting it into a textured mould, etched with acid, sand- blasted and cut with diamond tools. Depending on what is added to the glass it can become tran ...

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Craft Materials

Textiles

Textiles are made from a variety of materials – they can be broken down into animal (Alpaca, cashmere, mohair, wool, silk), vegetable (cotton, hemp, linen, sisal), plant (pape ...

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Craft Materials

New Materials

This refers to both synthetic raw materials and new technologies like laser cutting, water jet cutting, rapid prototyping, motion capturing, interactive magnetic wall coverings ...

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How its made and Who makes it

Róisín de Buitléar

Róisín de Buitléar (Ireland) has a long association with Waterford Crystal, since her student days at NCAD. As a glass artist, she organised many collaborations with the fact ...

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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

Edward Cook, Silversmith

From the series, Stories in the Making. Edward Cook talks about his inspiration, his initial brush with the world of jewellery and his experiences that led to his eventual caree ...

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Look at This

Skate Frames

Irish designer and skater James Carroll takes old boards and give them new life by turning them into picture frames, each with their own unique story to tell.

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Lionheart

Artist Shauna Richardson gives a glimpse into what it takes to make a lion out of a lamb…lambswool that is. A project for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

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Projected Drawings

New York’s The LAB Gallery, Presents: Helen Dennis ‘Projected Drawings’. Inspiring live drawing of an urban city-scape using hand drawing and multimedia.

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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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Get Crafty Family Days

Crafty fun for all the family at National Craft Gallery inspired by current exhibitions, usually the second Saturday of each month. Children together with parents enjoy fun fill ...

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