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County Cork in Ireland has some of the country’s best craftspeople, from Stephen Pearse Pottery to ceramicist Sara Flynn – whose porcelain vessels have been exhibited all around the world – to Lucy Hagerty of La Bougie artisan candles. It’s not surprising, then, that Ireland’s ‘second city’ and its surrounding countryside are home to many fantastic craft shops, chock-full of the work of native Irish designers.
Cork city’s independent Lavit Gallery was established over 50 years ago by a group of artists eager to bring their work and that of others to the people of Cork. Today, the gallery showcases hundreds of artists and craftspeople. Their craft collection promotes pieces by artists working in Ireland such as Sligo-based woodturner Matt Jones and ceramicist Andrew Ludick, whose studio is in Kilkenny. The extensive range at The Lavit also covers glasswork, wall art, clay sculpture, prints and more.
The Lavit Gallery, 5 Father Mathew St, Centre, Cork, Ireland, +353 21 427 7749
This West Cork-based outfit focuses on hand-made work by local craftspeople, with members including Sharon Rose Designer Knitwear, woodcraft artist Richard Henderson and Mairi Stone ceramics. Trading from The Morris Gallery on Townsend St in Skibbereen, West Cork Crafts is co-operatively run, and their stock changes three times a year. Incorporating crochet, textiles, silver jewellery and photography, to name just a few, this impressive collection proudly displays what makers in West Cork can do.
And finally, if you’re more of a doer than a shopper, Cork Art Supplies in the city centre has everything you could ever need to create your own crafts and be on your way to being featured in one of the shops above. Stocking the items needed for model making and sculpture, painting and drawing, and most other artistic pursuits, it has oil paints and pastels, pens and markers, spray paint, as well as every kind of brush and canvas. This treasure trove of creative merchandise is a mecca for those who love to make.
Cork Art Supplies, 28 Princes St, Centre, Cork, Ireland, +353 21 427 7488
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