Crafting Your Future

A career in craft is diverse, challenging, 102-400 exam innovative, creative and fulfilling. Are you interested in learning more about a career in craft & design? Here you will find information about career paths and where to train to become a craftsperson or designer.   Also visit Second Level Resources for more information on careers in craft & design.

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Anna Vahey

Leatherwork

Having worked as a fashion designer for several years in Europe and Asia, I found that designing alone in large companies was somewhat boring, generic and very much commercialised. This is why I set up my own business. I have been working professionally as a designer for the past 6 years and practicing as a crafts-person for the past year and a half.

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Logan McLain

Textile Artist

I returned to college to do an MA and up-skill in my chosen discipline. I make textile-based art pieces and embroidered t-shirts & hoodies. The most rewarding aspect of the work is it’s variety. I sell work in galleries, from my website and even in the pub!

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Derek Wilson

Ceramic Artist

My involvement with the craft sector has evolved because of the way I have chosen to articulate my ideas. I graduated in 1999 from the University of Ulster, and then from 2002 to 2003 trained at the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramic Design Skills Course, Kilkenny. I then worked as an apprentice for various potteries throughout Ireland.

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Karen Morgan

Potter

I went to Limerick School of Art & Design, (LIT), for three years and got my Diploma in Ceramic Product Design and then went on to train in the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramics Skills and Design Course for two years. My market is middle to high-end. I make a range of functional and sculptural ceramics in porcelain.

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Stevan Hartung

Furniture Designer

I spent four years in the National College of Art and Design, where I studied Industrial Design. I primarily make one off pieces of furniture by commission or for sale through gallery outlets. I also do a certain amount of work through architects. I love to work with beautiful materials, I find it inspiring that there is never an end to learning new skills.

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Glenn Lucas

Woodturner

Woodturning started as a hobby when I was at school age 16. My markets are wholesale, retail and art markets. I make gift-ware for high-end retail outlets: salad bowls and platters. I like to create something new from raw materials. I have always enjoyed working with my hands.

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Karen Donnellan

Glass Artist

I studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin for four years. I am always learning new skills and techniques from making and developing my own work and from watching other craftspeople. My main objective is to create energetic work which is therapeutic for the viewer.

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Michael Ray

Glass Artist

I always made things as a child and it seemed natural for me to continue making things to earn a living. My market extends from galleries to private, corporate and public commissions. I make glass vessels as functional items and sculptural objects, glass tiles, panels, shelving and lights.

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Michael Budd

Blacksmith

I trained with Brian Halpin in Co. Sligo for just under two years. As a small child I was fascinated by blacksmiths. The fact that they made their own tools using the heat of the fire captured my imagination. I enjoy everything from designing the piece to lighting the fire and physically forging the work out.

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Sé O’Donoghue

Goldsmith

I didn’t make a conscious decision to enter a craft area as much as a natural progression of wanting to work with creating objects to a high level of quality. I started with a strong interest in design and over time drifted constantly towards a hands-on tangible aspect of working from raw material.

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