Awards for up-and-coming craft makers

Three local craft makers are among those to receive Crafts Council of Ireland ‘Future Makers’ 2011 Awards and Grants and have their work showcased in an exhibition at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery in Cork.

Three local craft makers are among those to receive Crafts Council of Ireland ‘Future Makers’ 2011 Awards and Grants and have their work showcased in an exhibition at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery in Cork.

Among the Future Makers two student award recipients is jeweller Daniela Cardillo from Kilkenny’s Dublin Road. A student of the National College of Art and Design, Daniela was commended by the judges for her nicely presented work and historical references.

Also receiving a student award is Yvonne Ross, a recent graduate of the Craft Council’s jewellery and goldsmithing course. Her residency and training grant will help her fund the completion of a Gem-A (Gemmological Association of Great Britain) Diamond Diploma. The judges praised Yvonne’s high-quality craftsmanship and commended her attention to detail and strong design. They particularly liked the playful aspect of the design in her work.

Bridget O’Gorman of Graignamanagh received a residencies and training grant and special commendation. The multidisciplinary maker says the award will help her buy studio equipment. The judges were very taken with her work, saying: “We were very excited by her fresh approach and the use of craft techniques mixed with contemporary art. Bridget’s conceptual thinking, combination of materials, narrative and composition should be applauded.”

“It is so important to highlight the level of innovation and incredible quality of craft being produced by students and recent graduates in Ireland today,” said Crafts Council education and innovation manager Louise Allen. “It is vital that up-coming students get the opportunity to discuss and see the work of their peers in a professional context as it provides insight and inspiration for future generation of Irish craftspeople.”

The Future Makers Exhibition opens on Friday at 6pm and runs to November 4. As part of the exhibition, the Crafts Council and Crawford College of Art and Design will host a ‘Life in the Craft Lane’ seminar on October 27 to highlight the career paths of past and current recipients of Future Maker awards and grants.