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 Maher

Michelle Maher is an award winning ceramic artist in professional practice since 2003. Her ceramic sculptures are an exploration of colour and texture.

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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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Orla Kaminska

Orla Kaminska graduated in 1987, from National College Art & Design Dublin. She was born and lives in Ireland and has worked as a professional ceramic artist and ...

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Lynsey de Burca

I enjoy learning new crafts and techniques and working with new materials. I have enrolled in several short courses such as basketry, felt making, and fine art painti ...

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Liadain Butler

Liadain is a designer with a bachelor of arts in fashion design 2001 and a postgraduate diploma in knit technology 2002. She has a fetac distinction award in communi ...

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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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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

Edmund deWaal

Ceramic artist and author Edmund de Waal gives his keynote speech, ‘Knowledge in the Making’ at the ‘Craft Concious: Re-Shaping Global Futures in the Innovatio ...

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How its made and Who makes it

Martina Hamilton, Jeweller

From the series, Stories in the Making. Martina Hamilton of jewellery brands, Cat and the Moon and Hamilton, talks about the almost accidental process that led to her becoming ...

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How its made and Who makes it

Lisa Shawgi, Knitwear

From the series, Stories in the Making. Lisa Shawgi talks about her childhood in the Sudan and the impact that this had on her knitwear designs today. She reveals some of here f ...

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Procrastination

An investigative and exploratory hands-on gloves-off study into the practice of putting things off. Sometimes the only way to get something done is to do two dozen other things ...

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Form / Growth / Behavior

The Making of P_Wall. Artist Andrew Kudless describes the the making and installation of a 45foot long wall at the SanFrancisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Look at This

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A short stop animated movie showing the initial steps of the process involved in making a ceramic object.

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What We're up to

Tinkling Chimes

Create an acoustically delightful string of assorted objects to add to a large collaborative wind chime and as it grows listen to it sing in the breeze.

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What We're up to

Sound Makers

Join us for this fun workshop with artist Saidhbhin Gibson gets creative with recycled bottles, using them to create colourful and unique music makers to take home.

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What We're up to

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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