Cork Craft and Design (CCD) aims to bring together craftspeople from across Cork County, regardless of whether they are members of other local guilds, associations or networks, in order to build country-wide business opportunity for the sector.

CCD has been in existence for eight years and was formerly called the Cork Professional Craftworkers Forum, and also Cork Art and Design. The focus of the group is very much on centralised marketing and locally organised events. CCD is responsible for the very successful Cork Craft Month, which comprises upwards of 50 events and studio trails. CCD aims to improve communications structures between craft workers and to promote and market member’s work through printed and web based materials while also developing training services to support the needs of members.

Activities

Cork Craft Month, open studio trails, exhibitions. Who can join

Full Membership is open to craftspeople making their work in Co. Cork whose craftwork generates at least 50% of their income. Associate Membership is open to those who make their work in Co. Cork where less than 50% of income is generated from craft, such as students and non-professional craftspeople. Corporate Membership is open to retailer, companies, state agencies and local authorities.

Members of Cork Craft & Design exhibit and sell their handmade work to the public

Douglas Village Shopping Centre in Cork city plays host to a wonderful exhibition and sale of locally made craft. Wood, textiles, ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture - you'll find a huge variety of craft in this unique space and meet some of the makers too

Cork Craft Month 2017 1st August – 3rd September

Cork Craft Month brings you closer to Craft in Cork with a wide variety of Exhibitions, Open Studio days, workshops and demonstrations all over Cork city and county.

Core Events 2017
Cork Craft & Design is a voluntary organization that brings together craft makers from all over Cork city and county. This is the eigth year that we are working with talented makers from all over Cork : providing you with great opportunities to see, touch and purchase some the very best craft being produced in Ireland today. Here is a list of our ‘Core Events’ for 2017 – a very special collection of events that represent our makers across many craft disciplines.

Configurate- Cork Craft & Design - Annual Showcase Exhibition 

The Atrium, Cork City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork City.
August 4th - 25th, open Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
The jewel in the crown of Cork Craft Month, ‘CONFIGURATE’ promotes the talents of both established and emerging makers.Expect unique and dynamic work from small scale to large installation work.
Curated by Tina Darb
Bibi Baskin will launch exhibition @ 6.00pm Thursday 3th August – all are welcome

The Home Event – with Cork Craft & Design

James O'Neill Building (formerly The Old Mill), Kinsale
28th July  - 3rd September , 10am - 6pm daily (closed Tuesdays)
An extra special craft event featuring an eclectic selection of work by Cork Craft & Designs members’. A haven of handmade items for the home, this event will include furniture, textiles, ceramics, woodturning and framed pieces to suit all budgets and tastes.

CCD Exhibition Space & Craft Shop

27a St Patricks Woolen Mills, Douglas, Co Cork (next to ‘On the Pigs Back’ Café)
All Month – Mon – Sat 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Our new exhibition and retail space is a ‘must see’ during Cork Craft Month. Bringing together a diverse rotating collection of Cork Craft & Designs members work , why not pop in and meet and talk to the makers working there about their products and inspirations.

‘Emerge’ New Makers Exhibition 

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Clarke's Bridge, Wandesford Quay, Cork
Friday 4th – Saturday 26th August

Tue - Fri: 11.00am to 5.00pm Sat: 12:00pm to 5:00pm
‘Emerge’ proudly debuts work from graduating students of C.I.T Crawford College of Art and Design, Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa and St Johns Central College as part of Cork Craft Month. Presenting works from the three college’s “Emerge” aims to give the city a snapshot of what up and coming contemporary Irish design and craft. An appreciation of raw materials and age-old craft skills are blended with modern technology and production methods. Curated by Roisín Foley.
Opening Night on Friday 4th Aug @ 6:00pm. All are welcome !

New for 2017

Meet the makers – Series of FREE Craft Demonstrations

At various venues throughout the county and the month
Be sure and check out our very special selection of FREE craft demonstrations available on pages XX to XX where you can meet our makers and witness their techniques, and skills.

Chairman’s message for Cork Craft Month 2017 

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Cork Craft Month on behalf of the board and members of Cork Craft and Design. Now in its eight year our growing craft festival spans both the city and county with an abundance of talented craftspeople using their ingenuity and skills to produce exquisite craft products throughout Cork. We invite you to join with us in celebrating the diversity of craft available to view, buy, see, collect, touch, and simply enjoy.

2017 is a landmark year for Cork Craft & Design; with the help of the Cork Local Enterprise Offices and the Cork County Council, we are delighted to have opened our new headquarters and cooperative craft shop at 27a St Patrick’s Woolen Mills, Douglas, Co. Cork. The opening of this new premises marks an important milestone in the organisations ongoing strategy to be at the heart of the support and development of small craft enterprises in Cork.

There is a lot of craft activity in the heart of Cork city this year; ‘CONFIGURATE ‘our showcase exhibition features work from some of Corks well established makers in Cork city hall and ‘Emerge’ at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery features the work of talented new graduates in craft from three cork colleges. Have a full and exciting programme of exhibitions, open studios, free demonstrations, and workshops throughout the county for you to explore and enjoy.

With best regards,

Tony Farrell - woodturner

Chairman of Cork Craft and Design 2017