Showcase Ireland – Handmade

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AS the first ever online Showcase Ireland event winds to its virtual close has had a fantastic time exploring all of the talented exhibitors that have been within easy reach in cyberspace at With just one more day to go before the unique event concludes on 29 January, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to explore a carefully curated selection of handmade products, and all of them among the Design & Craft Council of Ireland.


Alanna Plekkenpol

Wall art designs by Alanna Plekkenpol are based in the Dutch Delft tile tradition in contrast with a sense of fun using digital illustration and collage in their creation. All of the products are designed in the maker’s home studio in Wicklow Ireland.


Studio Donegal tweeds

Handweaving Donegal tweed has been going on at Studio Donegal on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way since before the Industrial Revolution and everything at the Kilcar mill is woven by hand.


Castle Arch Pottery creations

Every piece created at Castle Arch Pottery is inspired by a tradition of storytelling over a cup of tea and a plate of scones, or dinner shared among family and friends and the Kilkenny Ireland-based makers design heirloom pieces for the contemporary lifestyle.


Bare Essentials natural skincare

Irish by nature, Bare Essentials skincare products are naturally beautiful and made to pamper, soothe and scent. Inspired by beauty of Ireland’s land, seas and skies from the scent of a summer rain shower to a hazy August evening and the crisp morning frost of winter and the delicate perfumes of spring, the ever-changing seasons are in every design and packaging.


Tags: Showcase Ireland, Design & Crafts Council Ireland, DCCI, Design Ireland, Showcase Virtual Appointment, Designers and Makers

Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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