Two years in Northern Ireland...

We're about to have our last 'making it' session. It has been a real joy to work with six inspired makers, their host organisations and Craft Northern Ireland funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Invest NI. 

I've uploaded a gallery showing what we've been up to and will add our October session in due course.

Thanks Alison, Eamonn, Catherine, Katie, Michelle and Diane for working so hard, driving me around and introducing me to the sights of Northern Ireland.

Thanks to Craft NI for giving me the opportunity to run the programme for two years and exceptional coordination.

And thanks to contributing guest speakers Matthew Maran, Holly Berry, Beatrice Mayfield and Charlene Mullen.

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One month to go...

... until the launch of the Craft Northern Ireland exhibition at Craft Central sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Creative Industries Innovation Fund.

More information of the show and the 13 makers here.

And a video of them at work by Adam Frew.

Posted in: Ceramics, Designer-makers, Exhibitions and shows, General, Glass, Interior products, Jewellery
Applications for Hothouse ending soon

Hothouse is a fantastic scheme to support early stage makers and the deadline for applications ends soon. Applications through the Crafts Council

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Craft Northern Ireland videos of Making It group 'work in progress'

Here are videos of the current Making It group by Adam Frew for Craft NI in advance of their group show opening on 2nd August in Belfast.

Catherine Keenan blowing glass with an assistant, resident at Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart. 

Michelle Stephens getting ready for her solo show at R Space in Lisburn.

Katie Brown screen printing urban images onto fabrics at Sea Court print workshop, Bangor.

Alison Lowry in her studio through the window of the University of Ulster, Belfast. 

Eamonn Higgins in the sculpture department of the University of Ulster, Belfast.

Diane Lyness working at her bench within Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick. 



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Kate Maestri new work

Delighted to have a new piece of Kate Maestri's minimal stained glass in the office from her 2011 solo show at CAA. Hangs beautifully next to my 1992 painting by my friend Tomas Watson.  

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Craft Northern Ireland Making It Group 2012-2013

The 2012-2013 Making it group (from left to right) taken at Ulster University Belfast.

Michelle Stephens - textile

Eamonn Higgins - metal

Alison Lowry - glass

Katie Brown - textile

Catherine Keenan - glass

Diane Lyness - goldsmith

Look forward to seeing what we can achieve together over the next two years!

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