Monday, May 13, 2013

Cork Craft @ Ballymaloe

What a wonderful weekend we had at the Ballymaloe Litfest !
It was my first public foray in my new role as the coordinator of Cork Craft & Design and we had lots and lots of fun at a really fab festival in the beautiful setting of Ballymaloe House.

We were part of the fringe event in the big shed and we set up a Crafty corner where we showcased some of the amazing craft being produced in Cork today.

Click on the links below each picture to go to the makers sites.

Everything from beautiful & functional pottery ...

Kinsale Ceramics 

Helen Daly Ceramics
Stable Door Pottery 

To beautiful hand turned bowls, chopping boards and useful objects .....

Tony Farrell Woodturner 

Tony Farrell Woodturner

Hilary Hale Woodturner
Hilary Hale Woodturner
We were blessed with the fine weather and even though the sun was shining that didn't stop people from popping inside to check out our wares. Cork textiles were represented by these super talented ladies and their beautiful creations ......

Felt Magic 
Christina Jasmin Roser Feltmaker 
& its no wonder that Carmel Creaners embroidered linen napkins were so popular ! Aren't they beautiful ?

Carmel Creaner 
We had lots of other great makers displaying their wares and it was fun to mix it up a bit !
Some of the upcycled furniture from the Paint Pot was used to great effect displaying some beautiful handmade books from  Barbara Huberts Bookbindery  in Cork City.

Books & Writing Desk 

Fergal from Horizon Furniture brought along some amazing furniture including this super table entitled Lady Macbeth
Horizon Furniture

and what would we have done without these beautiful  and really useful shelves!?!

Horizon Furniture

Last but by no means least were the local  fine artists Belinda Northcote and Phil Davis.
None of my snap happy photos I took over the weekend do their work justice so heres a little taster from each.
Just click the links below to go to their individual sites

Phil Davis Artist 

Belinda Northcote 
As the weekend wend on the pictures got worse - can you tell ?
Apologies to the makers for not showing off their craftsmanship in the best light !
and on that note here's a pretty awful shot that gives SOME idea of the crowds who were visiting our little shop !

I really enjoyed the experience of meeting all the makers and indeed the customers who were so interested and enthusiastic about the work we presented.

I'm really  looking forward to the next Cork Craft & Design event and hope to see you there!

Thanks for visiting & do come back again soon !

Love Siubhan x x x

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