Ireland has a strong heritage in craft and design, for example the famous Kilkenny Design Workshops. Our skills in creating are renowned worldwide. The craft industry is estimated to be valued at €122M.
There is a diverse range of careers in craft and design which are equally challenging, innovative and fulfilling. A wide range of options are open to you by simply following your desire to express yourself through your skills and creativity.
There are a number of routes to becoming a highly skilled craftsperson or designer. Many people choose to study in a college of further education or undertake a third level degree. Others take up an apprenticeship with a craftsperson or design studio.
It is advisable to get experience where you can. Try volunteering, maybe think about an internship or other work experience to give you a taste of the area you feel you might be interested in.
Ray Power works as a potter and manager for Castle Arch Pottery in Kilkenny. After his Leaving Cert, he went on to complete a degree in Ceramic Design at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork. He later moved to Kilkenny and on completing a business course run by the Crafts Council, he set up his own workshop.
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