Perhaps the best known of all East Cork’s crafts is Stephen Pearce Pottery. Courtesy of Shanagarry Potters, the unique and instantly recognisable Stephen Pearce Pottery is made from organic local clay, containing no lead, cadmium or other non-organic ingredients. Using traditional techniques that have existed for more than two and a half centuries in the Shanagarry region, each piece is carefully crafted, passing through 18 skilled hand processes before completion.
Shanagarry Potters are known as ‘keepers of cultural heritage’ and were founded on a core appreciation of craftsmanship and enduring quality – the handmade craft as a skilled process of production by hand and machine. Shanagarry Potters curates, commissions and sells unique traditional and contemporary collections, collaborating with our fellow makers and keepers of cultural heritage.
Their Shanagarry store is based at The Old Pottery, Shanagarry and is open Monday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm, including Bank Holidays. For more information, please call 021 4646807 or visit www.shanagarrypotters.com
The Half Light Gallery
The Half Light Gallery on Midleton’s Main Street specialises in original arts and prints, showcasing quality Irish designers. A sister gallery to the Brigid Shelly Gallery in Ardmore, Co. Waterford, it specialises in local artist Brigid’s creative and colourful cows.
Gallery and gift shop open on Main Street, Midleton. Specialising in original art, prints, showcasing quality Irish designer gifts and handcrafted luxury items. The Half Light Gallery is a sister gallery to the Brigid Shelly Gallery in Ardmore, Co. Waterford which specialises in Brigid’s creative and colourful cows.
Sue Van Coppenhagen, Ladysbridge
Noted local artist Sue Van Coppenhagen’s delicate yet vibrant watercolours reflect a very immediate and enthusiastic response to her surroundings, and are sought after by collectors both in Ireland and further afield. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections in Ireland, South Africa, England, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and America. Sue’s bird paintings are represented on www.birdingart.com, which showcases the paintings of thirty international bird artists. In 2017 she was commissioned to produce two paintings for the RSPB bird charity; the images will be used for their range of charity Christmas cards. Sue’s gallery is situated in the village of Ladysbridge and art-enthusiasts are invited to contact Sue on 021 4623952 or email email@example.com
Silverstone Dimensions – Handmade Irish Designer Jewellery
Located at The Courtyard, 8 Main Street, Midleton, Silverstone Dimensions is run by Shmuel and Mairead, with their three daughters working as their models! Members of the Crafts Council of Ireland, Silverstone Dimensions make jewellery that is striking to look at – and a joy to wear, using a combination of precious metals, stones and woods.
Inspired by the wealth and variety of creative energy and talent to be found at The Courtyard in Midleton where their studio is situated, Silverstone Dimensions are proud to present their ‘Midleton Collection’, using opals, garnets and amethysts. Silverstone Dimensions is pleased to accept commissions for that one-off, extra-special piece. To find out more, please visit them in Midleton, call 021 4634758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Studios at the Raleigh Quarter, Youghal
Featuring works by local artists in a variety of media, the Art Studios at the Raleigh Quarter are situated at St. Mary’s College, Emmet Place, Youghal. There’s plenty of art on show to suit all tastes and, in this local gallery, chances are you’ll meet one or two of the artists as well! For more information, please call 087 6396643 or find them on facebook.
The Brú Na Sí Cultural Centre, Youghal
The Brú Na Sí Cultural Centre in Youghal, is home to Youghal Comhaltas and Ceolta Sí. The aim of the centre is to promote and nurture Irish traditional music and culture in the East Cork and West Waterford area through music and dance lessons, workshops and social events. Since the building was opened in 2004, the Brú Na Sí has been central to the development of Irish culture and music in the local area. Each summer, tourists can see our regular summer shows and there are numerous concerts and events that take place throughout the year. For more information, please visit www.brunasi.ie
Get Crafty Yourself!
For those who don’t want to just purchase arts & crafts, but want to make some of their own too, why not pay a visit to Crafty Hands Pottery Studio at Coach Horse Lane, The Square, Midleton and see what you can create? Proprietor and potter Susan Herlihy offers workshops and classes, so unleash your inner artist by calling 087 9028186 or emailing email@example.com