The fair will take place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th of November and Butler Gallery will be filled with handmade quality Irish craft from makers of ceramics, jewellery and glass as well as textiles, wood, metals and precious metals as well as paper, leatherwork and mixed media.
This is a great opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done early whilst supporting local Irish handmade craft!
CRAFT FAIR WEEKEND OPENING TIMES
- Friday 3rd November 10am - 6pm
- Saturday 4th November 10am - 5pm
- Sunday 5th November 10am - 5pm
Weekend Entry Fee: €5 pp. Free for children under 12. The entry fee includes automatic entry to a luxury craft prize draw.
Butler Gallery is a registered charity (CHY12922) and at all other times free to enter. All proceeds from the entry fee will support Butler Gallery who in turn, supports living artists and all audiences through our ongoing annual programme of exhibitions and events. Butler Gallery is 60% funded by the Arts Council and 40% funded by private fundraising and other commercial income. Without events like this and your support we would not be able to provide free tours for schools, extensive workshops for children and adults, residencies for artists, care for our collection and our exhibitions programme would be severely impacted. We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to seeing you at our Craft Fair.
Please contact [email protected] if you have any queries.
The wonderful Makers that will be selling their craft at the fair include:
Adele Stanley - CeramicsRead more
Adele makes a range of functional porcelain objects that are inspired by simplicity of form, clean lines and bright colour. She strives to make useful, simple objects that people can enjoy and use every day. The forms are slip cast using liquid porcelain, and once dried and finished, are painted with layers of coloured slips to create vivid surfaces. The coloured clay is sanded and left unglazed, enhancing its tactile quality. It is contrasted with shiny glazed surfaces.
Anna Tanvir & Kate Powell - Textiles / FashionRead more
In the tranquil setting of rural Kilkenny, Anna and Kate collaborate in crafting exclusive linen dresses and woollen waistcoats, made in tiny batches for specific events. Drawing from their diverse cultural backgrounds, they blend their individual textile artistry to create unique and beautiful garments adorned with vibrant accents like Indian silk and intricate hand-stitched details. In contrast to fast fashion, their designs embrace a deliberate, thoughtful approach, featuring locally woven linen from Emblem Weavers in Wexford, alongside European linen.
Aoife Lyons - Textiles & LeatherRead more
Aoife is a sewist and maker that uses colourful and high quality fabric known as wrap scrap to make various sewn items. Remnant fabrics and reclaimed fabrics are used to make these items, with sustainability as an important factor. Items include baby bibs, reusable wipes, soother clips, hair scrunchies, neck cowls and reusable birthday crowns, as well as handbags and other leather items.
Aoife Slattery - CeramicsRead more
Aoife is a Clare based ceramic artist who spends a lot of time in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford where she finds inspiration all year round. Aoife creates her energetic tableware from coloured slips and white earthenware clay and uses plaster slabs and moulds to create her unique surface decoration. Aoife’s striking work combines functionality with contemporary design. Her connection to the sea is evident in her work in the energetic brush marks and layering of colour.
Away With Nature - Natural SkincareRead more
Fiona creates 100% natural skincare & holistic products to support overall skin health & wellbeing.
Catherine Conroy - JewelleryRead more
Goldsmith, artist and designer Catherine Conroy creates contemporary fine jewellery, made and finished by hand, using traditional techniques. Catherine finds inspiration from intensely observing the shapes, patterns and cycles that can be found in the natural world and she also draws great inspiration from the tribal artefacts of pre Columbian cultures. The tools and ornaments such as discs, arrows, whorls and feather shapes of these societies are recurring motifs in her designs. The quality of craftsmanship and design, combined with the timeless integrity of the materials Catherine employs in making her creations, ensures they will be enjoyed and treasured now and by future generations. Catherine is a member of the Made in Kilkenny bespoke craft collective.
Cheryl O’Neill - GlassRead more
Cheryl specialises in fused glass art and her pieces are individually designed, hand cut, made and kiln-fused in her studio in Oylegate. Cheryl was inspired to learn the art of glass fusion from her love of seeing light shining through or reflecting on coloured glass. Cheryl takes her inspiration mainly from nature and the changing seasons. ‘Siorghlas’ is irish for evergreen. As well as describing trees that keep their foliage it also depicts people or things that always seem fresh, lively or interesting and that remain popular despite their age; which is how Cheryl likes her glass art to be.
Christina Keogh - JewelleryRead more
Christina is a traditionally trained goldsmith and uses traditional techniques to create individual, handcrafted pieces of jewellery from solid silver and gold in her studio in Clonmel. Christina often incorporates textured surfaces contrasted with highly polished edges to capture light and uses a combination of gold and silver in her work. Christina sets gemstones and semi-precious stones in her pieces, and pearl stringing is another love of hers. Christina makes her jewellery to be wearable and hopefully cherished and believes jewellery shouldn’t be too precious to be worn – it should be loved and shown off!
Claire Dooley - CeramicsRead more
From her coastal studio in Co. Meath Claire makes pieces heavily inspired by the Irish sea and surrounding coastal landscape. Claire uses porcelain clay and a sea-inspired colour palette is applied to the surfaces of her pieces using quick, gestural brush strokes to express the character of her surrounding landscape. Local materials, collected along the shoreline are also added to the surface decoration giving the pieces a direct, material connection to their environment. Each piece is hand-decorated and one of a kind.
Clare Caron - Ceramics and Mixed MediaRead more
Clare is a ceramic and visual artist based on the Carlow-Kilkenny border and in the 10+ years she has been making art, her unique style of ceramic and visual art work has found its way into the homes of collectors around the world. Clare’s style is intuitive and inspired by the materials she works with, nature and the wonders of the universe. Clare’s intention is that her art inspires those who view it to reconnect with their passion, curiosity and with their own creator self. Clare plays with materials, form, colour, texture and palette to create unique pieces that will intrigue, inspire or bring joy to the viewer.
Dani Bergman & Ann Boland - Jewellery and TextilesRead more
Dani creates unique, one of a kind, creations in silver, gold and gems. Ann crochets tea cosies fashioned like jackets, finished with a tea bag and jewellery. A wonderfully magical and eclectic duo.
Eimear Vize - JewelleryRead more
Eimear is an award-winning jewellery designer and maker based in Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny. Eimear’s work incorporates traditional goldsmith bench-skills with new technology to create truly unique jewellery that resonate emotionally with the wearer, to uplift and empower them each time they interact with it. Eimear also offers a gemstone specialist service with a readily available, handpicked selection of several hundred gemstones. Eimear is a founding member of the Irish Jewellers and Silversmiths Guild; a member of the distinguished craft collective MADE in Kilkenny, and a full member of the Design & Crafts Council Ireland. Eimear’s Maker’s Mark is registered with the Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin Assay Oce at Dublin Castle.
Elisabeth Neveux - Linocutting / Mixed MediaRead more
Elisabeth Neveux is an artist hailing from France, she creates intricate linocuts prints and pen and ink illustrations inspired by her dark fairytales, ghost stories, nature and women.
Emily Dillon - CeramicsRead more
Emily is a ceramicist based in County Clare. Her work focuses on simple forms and smooth surfaces in earthy tones, with occasional textile additions. Using the potters wheel, she makes both functional tableware for the individual, restaurant or coffee shop and more decorative pieces for the home.
Emma Jane Champley - JewelleryRead more
Emma Jane designs and make jewellery, working with silver, gold, resin, wood, semi precious and precious stones to create one-off commissions and statement collections. Emma Jane is intrigued with fastenings and moving parts so often these mechanisms take centre stage in her work, resulting in a playful dialogue between form and function. Emma Jane likes to invite the wearer to interact with the jewellery, to be aware of it through its weight, feel or the sounds it makes.
Eoghan Kealy - FurnitureRead more
Eoghan founded Dovetailed in Kilkenny in January 2023 with the intention to make high end furniture and other wood craft pieces.
Fred O’Mahony - Wood CraftRead more
Fred is an Irish Woodturner who has been working and developing his skills for the last 30 years. Fred’s passion for his craft shows in the innovative products and gifts produced in his studio overlooking the River Suir. Fred creates hand turned functional and artistic pieces from locally sustainably sourced Irish Native Hardwoods, including bowls, platters of various sizes for tableware, and artistic vessels which are designed to be artistically contemporary. Fred is a member of the Crafts Council of Ireland, and has crafted pieces for a number of galleries in Ireland including Butler Gallery. Fred’s products make an ideal commemorative piece for presentations, weddings and special occasions.
Gina Renehan - Textiles & HomewareRead more
Gina creates wall hangings and bespoke and functional art pieces for the home from wood and has a background in Graphic Design and Fine Art. Inspired by the Irish landscapes and animals, Gina’s pyrography work (also known as wood burning) has a unique style.
Heather Byrne - FeltworkRead more
Heather creates wet feltings and needle feltings made with Irish wool and inspired by Irish landscapes, animals and nature.
Ingadi - 3D Printed SculpturesRead more
Ingadi is an an Irish-based studio. All of their work is designed and printed in the beautiful country of Ireland and created by a group of skilled artisans in Wexford. Ingadi use eco-responsible PLA bioplastic to 3D print these awesome sculpture planters. Polylactide is an environmentally friendly renewable thermoplastic and a polymer. It is made from the starch of plants such as corn, sugar cane and sugar beet, making it completely sustainable.
Ingadi use innovative 3D printing technology to create these one-of-a-kind head planters. All cactus pots are printed with heavy-duty PLA to last for years to come. The attention to detail and quality of our work at RB3D Designs is truly unmatched.
Kata Rigo - SkincareRead more
Kata, of Mavis Nest makes handcrafted soaps, enriching body butters, lip balms and beard care products using high quality and vegan-friendly ingredients that provide a luxurious experience. Every product is meticulously handcrafted with love and attention to detail.
Leiko Uchiyama - Feltwork, Clothing and HomewareRead more
Leiko creates wearable pieces with wool and silks which are dyed using her own colour recipes. Her experience from craft making, using wool from different breeds of sheep has refined her skill. Leiko also enjoys making functional pieces for the home such as tableware, stool tops, wall pieces and rugs. Leiko believes the origin of craft lies in creating something for someone special, not only to serve a function, but to make our lives more colourful and rich.
Liga Valge, Valg Studio - Jewellery & SculptureRead more
Liga is a self taught artist specialising in contemporary costume jewellery and sculptural wall art. She first began working with polymer clay in 2011 quickly becoming fascinated by the possibilities this versatile medium had to offer. Liga’s current work mainly features nature and abstract designs, sophisticated earrings, statement necklaces, one of a kind bangles and cufflinks are all designed to focus on individual style, celebrating colour and unique hand made craft. Liga is also incredibly proud of Threadscapes, a beautiful collection of sculptural wall art. Liga’s jewellery making kit is a popular gift choice.
Lita Liepina ,Amber Therapies - Candle Making and SkincareRead more
Lita creates handmade, natural, non-waste, sustainable products including candles and soaps.
Lyndsey Sweeney, Kind Jewels JewelleryRead more
Lyndsey handcrafts fine jewellery using ethical gemstones sourced from around the world. Lyndsey’s ethics policy covers the following - no child labour involved in mining; miners receive a fair working wage and mines follow health and safety protocols.
Martin Lyttle, Lithicworks - StonewareRead more
As a stone sculptor, Martin’s work concentrates on natural, organic forms and the composition and texture of the stone he is working. A sense of place and a concern for the natural environment informs Martin’s practice, with inspiration drawn from the trees, hedgerows, stone walls, bogs and the landscape of the Blackstairs Mountains and also his garden. Martin explores the sculptural form and shape of the things he finds, but also their divisions, segmentation, ridges, lobes, patterns and textures in relation to their feel and interaction with light. Martin has always been fascinated by the physical landscape and this led to a career previously as an Engineering Geologist. This understanding of the geological processes and a feel for the material of stone has led to Martin’s desire to sculpt stone. Martin mainly works with local Kilkenny limestone, often waste off-cuts from local quarries, full of fossiliferous life, that can be worked from light grey to black, but he also uses local Carlow granite or any found stone suitable to work.
Mary Bourke, DeBurca Design - JewelleryRead more
Mary Bourke, the goldsmith behind the jewellery brand DeBurca Design, established her studio in rural county Carlow overlooking the Barrow valley. Mary takes ideas from nature such as repetition and pattern and the interplay of light, line and shadow, and demonstrates these through her jewellery designs, working with silver, gold, pearls and precious stones. She creates her pieces using traditional goldsmithing skills, making bespoke jewellery for private clients as well as her own jewellery designs.
Michael Kehoe - Wood CraftRead more
Michael describes himself as a self-taught woodturner but has also taken master classes with Nikos Siragas [Crete] and Jean Francois Escolon [France]. Michael was chairman of the Gorey and District chapter of Irish Woodturners Guild and organised many successful seminars with national and international demonstrators. Michael do not adhere to the principal the woodturning should be "round and brown" and therefore much of his product is embellished with colour and gilt.
Michele Sweetman - Textiles and Home FurnishingsRead more
Michele screen prints on linens and cottons, making tableware, runners, mats, napkins and tablecloths and also works to commission on curtains, cushions and bed linen. Michele lives and works in County Carlow.
Muireann Ryan - JewelleryRead more
Muireann specialises in titanium, silver and pearl jewellery and is inspired from her time in the water as a passionate scuba diver. Muireann founded ‘Mara Designs’, as ‘Mara’ is the Irish word for the sea. For Muireann, the waters around Ireland are some of the most spectacular and rich diving spots in the world, full of interesting rock formations, walls of stunning jewel anenomies and teeming with characterful fish. Muireann loves that through her work, she can give the wearer of her pieces some of the peace and joy she experiences underwater. Each of Muireann’s designs are original and will enhance the body while being comfortable and easy to wear. Muireann’s work echoes the forms and textures of the sea, with bold silhouettes, bright colours and surfaces reminiscent of light on water.
Niamh Dillon - Multimedia and Print MakingRead more
Niamh founded Badger & Blue, a one-woman business offering unique illustrations and designs influenced by spectacular Irish landscapes, women and culture. Located in the heart of Kerry's rural countryside, each piece brings the magic of Éire into your home and heart whether at home or abroad. Originally founded in 2020 after redundancy, Niamh turned her photography craft to business to bring loved ones together while separated. The business evolved into a full time project with textured art prints making their way to Irish across the globe. Each item is carefully printed in house on FSC linen textured paper and provided in compostable & recycled packaging to protect the lands that surround us.
Paula Brophy - KnitwearRead more
As an experienced hand knitter, Paula knits and crochets bespoke pieces which are unique and designed by her.
Sonja Guenther - CeramicsRead more
Sonja has always been interested in the architectural and natural world that surrounds us and her ceramic houses explore the mood and character of buildings. Sonja is interested in the relationship between people and their living spaces and how architectural style develops and expresses its cultural context. Sonja believes as buildings age, they take on an organic quality and when we look at architecture, the buildings evoke feelings in us and that an atmosphere can permeate a building. Sonja tries to capture human qualities in her work, through movement and distortion the buildings gain character and personality. Initially Sonja’s work was more representative of actual buildings, easily identified, but has become more abstract in recent years, exploring movement, colour and texture and the interplay between pieces. Sonja is a trained thrower and over the past two years have gone back to more wheel-based work, experimenting with colours and textures, inspired by the natural world; fissures in and layers of rocks, textures of dried earth or molten and bubbling lava. Sonja tries to create beautiful objects that bring joy to the beholder.
Teresa Bryan - Multidisciplinary CeramicsRead more
Teresa is a self-taught artist working primarily with ceramics, incorporating textiles, print and candles. Teresa draws inspiration from the ocean, agriculture, animals and humour. Teresa believes ceramics is a very personal art form where you tell as much of your story with your canvas as you do with your decoration. Pieces are brought to life through thoughts and emotions normally hidden, finding voice in raw, honest earth. Teresa's main objective is to pass remarks on her surroundings with the ambition to open up dialogue. Teresa is aware of how precious our planet is and creates sustainable objects for multi-functional use.
Theresa Carroll - FeltRead more
Theresa creates pictures from wool using the wet felting and needle felting methods. Using silk fibres and lots of different embellishments she gives texture and interest to each piece.
Vale van der Merwe - CeramicsRead more
Vale’s South African heritage, blended with traditional Celtic and Italian design are brought together using colours and elements from the natural world. Vale’s aim is to present pieces which are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Based in a small village in County Laois, Vale developed a range of simple, durable, stoneware pottery that brings joy and serenity to your home, called Vale Ceramics. These ceramics are entirely hand crafted and feature carved surfaces and patterns. Their soft and glossy glazes are specifically formulated to be food and beverage safe, as well as dishwasher friendly.
Valerie Dennigan, Art by Val - Multidisciplinary CeramicsRead more
Established Irish artist Valerie has been creating art for over 20 years. Initially she studied fine art still life using oil paints paying great attention to detail observing how colour, form, light and shade interact with each other. Over the years she has worked with many different mediums acrylic, encaustic, pen and inks. More recently she is enjoying her journey with alcohol inks on ceramic. The fluid style created using these mediums and the unpredictable nature of them makes each piece a true original work of art.
Wired Irish Crafts - CandlesRead more
Wired Irish Crafts are artisan soy candle makers based in Castleyard, Kilkenny City. Douglas provides luxury, vegan friendly soy candles made in eco friendly, sustainable vessels.
Yvonne Bolger - JewelleryRead more
Yvonne describes her journey to becoming a jewellery designer as a 'long and winding road' having worked firstly as a Solicitor and then as a fulltime mother. Going on to study silversmithing, Yvonne found her artistic passion and now designs and handcrafts pieces in her studio in Emo, Co. Laois. Frequently inspired by nature, Yvonne recently launched her new collection “Stór”. Stór is the Irish word for treasure and the designs in the collection feature a freshwater pearl nestled within wavelike curves handcrafted in sterling silver. Deep rooted in Irish culture and heritage, Ethical sourcing is a key feature of Yvonne’s jewellery making story and the silver and gold used is 100% recycled and equal in quality to non-recycled precious metals. This high quality is then guaranteed by the Hallmarking of pieces by the Irish Assay Office.