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PRINT BLOCK Christmas Pop-up Shop

Date: December 7th – 21st
Time: Monday to Sunday 10am – 6pm, Thursdays 10am – 8pm
Location: Culture Box, Temple Bar, D2 (Across from Meeting House Square)

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Made by Hand 2012: Call for Entries

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Made by Hand is open to makers resident in Britain and Ireland. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2012.

Now in its 3rd year, and in a new partnership with The National Trust, Made by Hand is set in the mansion house and grounds of Tredegar House. Located on junction 28 of the M4, a short drive between Cardiff and Bristol. Organised by Sarah James and Nina Fox, the team behind, highly acclaimed The Contemporary Craft Festival.

Selected by an independent panel of industry professionals, Made by Hand is open to designer makers resident in Britain and Ireland working to the highest standards in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, plastics, mix media, leather, recycled materials and paper. No paintings, photography or musical instruments.

For full details and an application form please contact: hello@madebyhand-wales.co.uk or tel: 01626 830612

Web link: http://www.madebyhand-wales.co.uk

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Craft Master

The search for Ireland’s newest craft talent to hit TV screens

RTÉ One’s widely anticipated new series Craft Master to air each Tuesday at 7pm

People from a cross section of backgrounds including an organic farmer, a teacher, a financial services worker and a waitress will battle it out for the title of Craft Master 2011 in a new six-part TV series which hits our screens next Tuesday.

Craft Master, produced by Big Mountain Productions in collaboration with the Crafts Council of Ireland, promises to capture the imagination of the nation as it brings 15 people from varying backgrounds and experience on a creative journey in ceramics, glass blowing, wood turning, textile weaving and metalwork.

The first episode of Craft Master will air at 7 p.m. on RTÉ One Television on Tuesday 6th September. There will be one winner from each week, with the grand final on Tuesday 11th October.

Commenting on the launch of the new TV series, Brian McGee, Head of Market Development at the Crafts Council of Ireland said, “Craft Master has been a fantastic way to bring together true masters of their craft with enthusiastic novices to explore what is possible when creativity, education and passion mix together. The current economic environment is also a factor. Necessity really can be the mother of invention when the downturn leads people to relook at their lives and they decide to take a more exciting and creative path.”

McGee is one of the judges who will decide on the winner of Craft Master 2011.  The panel of weekly judges also includes Derek McGarry, Assistant to the Head of Faculty of Design at the National College of Art and Design.  The two resident judges will be joined for the final episode by two of Ireland’s top designers, Louise Kennedy and Paul Costelloe.

Craft, in many cases, is an art form, and should be respected and there are a lot of wonderful things going on in Ireland”, commented Paul Costelloe.  “I believe that the small businesses in Ireland should be encouraged to grow and develop. Irish craft can be designed for more sophisticated European customers, not only for those traditional, stage-Irish shops which you find throughout the States.

Each week a professional craftsperson will mentor three apprentices in a master class on their craft.  The apprentices will produce a piece and the winner of that heat will secure a place in the final.

The winner of the series will be named Craft Master 2011 and will be given a stand at the Creative Island at Showcase in January 2012. “Showcase is Ireland’s Creative Expo, the largest international fair in the country with 5,000 buyers attending from 17 countries”, explains Brian McGee. “Getting a seat at this table really is a big deal for a new business starting up in the craft and gift sector.”

With such a fantastic prize up for grabs, each apprentice will have to pull out all the stops to produce a unique piece of craft to secure a place in the final!

The first episode of Craft Master will focus on glassblowing with mentor Róisín de Buitléar. This episode was filmed in Waterford with the apprentices placed in the challenging and hot environment of a fully functioning Hot Shop in Waterford City – The Irish Glass Company.

Each apprentice will set about realising their design concepts in hot molten glass which is heated to over 1000 degrees. The three battling it out in the first week include a mature student and IKEA employee whose dream is to pursue a career in craft, a student at the National College of Art and Design and a painter who works in the financial services sector.

Over the weeks apprentices trying their hands at various crafts include a house husband, an unemployed woman, a waitress, a busy mother, a school teacher and an organic farmer who flies the flag for the over 60s!

Craft Master was commissioned by the RTÉ Lifestyle programming department and received funding through the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).  This was in response to a proposal submitted to BAI by Big Mountain Productions in consultation with the Crafts Council of Ireland and with the support of RTÉ. The commissioning of Craft Master coincides with Year of Craft 2011 celebrating craft throughout the island of Ireland.

Details on the first episode and the participating apprentices and master craftsperson are below.


For more information contact:

Miriam Donohoe, MD Media
087 2393914 or miriam@mdmedia.ie
Episode 1:      Glass Blowing – Tuesday 6th September

Location:          Waterford – in a hot shop set up by former Waterford Crystal Employees

Mentor:            Róisín de Buitléar

One of Ireland’s top artists working in the medium of glass, Róisín de Buitléar gave a master class over seven days to three apprentices.  The apprentices were all placed into the challenging and hot environment of a fully functioning Hot Shop in Waterford City – The Irish Glass Company.  Each set about realising their design concepts in hot molten glass which is heated to over 1000 degrees. There were several ups and downs as the concepts took many shapes other than their intended form.
Róisín de Buitléar at work, image by Colm Hogan

The apprentices:

Róisín de Buitléar with apprentices, image by Colm Hogan

Name: Aoife May Soden
Profession: Mature Student/IKEA Employee
From: Dublin
Profile: Aoife is a mature student working in IKEA part-time to self-fund her dream of studying glass. She spent most of her childhood in Australia.

Name: Anne Marie Hayes
Profession: Financial Services
From: Dublin
Profile: Originally from Waterford, Anne Marie is a trained painter living in Dublin.  During holidays or time-off she enrolls on courses hoping to further her creative side.  Italy has been her focus of late and in Siena she has been studying the stained glass process.

Name: Sinead Brennan
Profession: Student
From: Wexford
Profile: Studying in the National College of Art and Design, Sinead from Wexford openly admits to being addicted to her craft and would some day hope to become Ireland’s top glass artist.


Episode 2:    Ceramics – Tuesday 13th September
Mentor:          Colm de Rís

Episode 3:    Textiles – Tuesday, 20th September
Mentor:          Beth Moran

Episode 4:     Wood Turning – Tuesday 27th September
Mentor:          Glenn Lucas

Episode 5:    Blacksmithing – Tuesday 4th October
Mentor:          Michael Budd

Episode 6:    Final Show – Tuesday 11th October
Craft Master 2011 final and winner announced



There is a wide range of courses and career options to choose from in the craft and design sector, according to the Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI).

Metal – to become a jeweller, silversmith, goldsmith, blacksmith or farrier with 3rd level courses and apprenticeships of three to four years on offer

Wood – to do woodturning, furniture design and furniture making, or basket making with apprenticeships of three to four years

Clay – to train as a ceramicist, potter, ceramic artist or designer with 3rd level courses of three to four years

Glass – to work as a glassmaker or glass artist with courses ranging from one year up to four years for specialist degree programmes

Textiles – to become a textile artist/designer or a fashion designer with 3rd level courses or apprenticeships of three to four years.

The third level institutions providing craft related courses at National Qualification Framework (NFQ) Levels 6 to 8 include:

· Cork Institute of Technology, (CIT) Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork

· Galway & Mayo Institute of Technology, (GMIT) Galway & Letterfrack

· Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Limerick School of Art & Design

· The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin

· The University of Ulster

This year Cork Institute of Technology, (CIT) Crawford College of Art & Design has introduced a new honours Applied Art course offering students the opportunity to creatively develop and make objects.

Other key providers of craft education outside of higher education institutions include:

VECs – providing a range of craft and arts-related courses across Ireland. Craft-related Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses are also provided in vocational schools and colleges including Grennan Mill in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny (which provides foundation courses in a number of craft disciplines), and Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa and St Johns Central College in Cork

SOLAS (formerly FÁS) – provides trainee and apprenticeship programmes in a number of areas such as carpentry and joinery, farriery, jewellery-making and thatching.

Crafts Council of Ireland – offers high-quality, intensive two-year courses.
A Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course and a Ceramics Skills & Design course. These programmes have a 90% plus employment rate.

Head of Education, Training & Development at CCoI, John Tynan, is reminding young people they can ‘craft’ their future by opting to master skills with a variety of materials including clay, glass, metal, textiles, and wood.
With increased focus on the potential of the creative and cultural industries to enhance job creation and innovation, Mr Tynan said it is important that Leaving Cert students are aware of craft and design related options outside of the CAO points race.

According to a recent EU study, “micro and craft-type enterprises make up not only the vast majority of SMEs in Europe, but are also the main source of job creation in the European Union, being active in many traditional professions that are essential for the prosperity and wellbeing of both urban and rural areas.”[1]

In Ireland the Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) employ over 70,000 according to a 2010 EU report,[2] while across Europe micro-enterprises account for 53% of all jobs[3]. 
Wishing students the best of luck with their results today Mr Tynan said: “The 60,000 plus learners who will get their Leaving Certificate results on August 17th are facing a significant increase in points for virtually all college courses with a tighter jobs market driving up competition for places.

“However there is an opportunity to undertake skills-based training and to carve out a unique career designing and crafting products for the global marketplace”, highlighted Mr Tynan. “A future in a craft enterprise allows creative design talents and business skills to come together in an exciting and varied way.”

Louise Allen, Education and Innovation Manager with CCoI, said undertaking training in a craft related discipline is a rich and rewarding training choice that can lead to a fulfilling and sustainable career in craft as part of the cultural and creative industries.

“Now more than ever creativity, innovation and design are essential skills that enhance the potential for job creation and employment”, she added.

A list of craft-related education provision is included in the Crafts Council of Ireland report “Creative Pathways – A Review of Craft & Education Training in Ireland” available on the CCoI website at www.ccoi.ie

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