Makers to mark at the Showcase Ireland Home & Gift exhibition

VISITORS this year to the Showcase Ireland virtual Home & Gift showrooms can expect to see a wealth of innovative new and exciting products along with returning iconic brands, and it all begins this Monday 25 January leading off a full five days online at

The Design Ireland 2020 Highly Commended iconic Jerpoint Glass has returned to the virtual showrooms, one of a wealth of select Irish makers to mark at this year’s online event.

See Kathleen Leadbetter and the Jerpoint Glass team in the virtual showrooms at Showcase Ireland

In a statement last year that continues to be just as timely by Design & Crafts Council Ireland managing director Louise Allen said: “Every year our Showcase awards programme encourages makers to innovate and develop new and exciting products and 2020 was no exception when it came to quality, craftsmanship and creativity among the awards contenders.”

Makers to mark at this year’s exhibition include fourth generation woodturner Roy Humphreys, who sources native timber from local sources to create his collection of bowls, tealights and pens.

Pieces like these handturned bowls by Roy Humphreys will be on view at Showcase Ireland


Diem Pottery by Thomas Diem is another maker to mark for his simple, yet elegantly designed handcrafted functional pottery.

See simply elegant pottery by Thomas Diem at Showcase Ireland


Mourne Textiles lead weaver Mario Sierra returns for the virtual Showcase Ireland with textiles renowned for their woven, wearable art, furniture and window coverings of the finest Merino wool.

Karen Hay-Edie and Mario Sierra of Mourne Textiles & Weavers

“It is mostly sourced from Ireland,” said third-generation weaver Mario Sierra when he spoke with at Showcase 2020 at the RDS Dublin Ireland. “Our mill means that we can weave our Mourne textile designs ourselves while keeping the quality.”

Also making their mark at Showcase Ireland from this Monday will be the iconic Rathbornes 1488 brand and while the bright spark in Irish candle-making for over 500 years has been around since before Christopher Columbus set sail for America, look for collections worthy of the 21st century at the exhibition. Among them will be ‘Beyond the Pale’ the best selling ‘Dublin Tea Rose’, ‘Oud & Patchouli and their ‘Bitter Orange, Birch Tar and Balsam’ candles. Just last year Rathbornes 1488 launched two other exquisite candles, ‘Dublin Dusk’ and ‘Dublin Dawn’ so there will be a wealth of product choices.

The iconic Irish Rathbornes 1488 will be in the virtual showroom at Showcase Ireland


The Kildare Ireland Sam agus Nessa brand is another maker to mark this year for their award-winning furniture and product design company established the husband and wife team Sam and Nessa. The couple produce quirky and attractive pieces from wood including children’s mobiles, clocks and chopping boards.

Choose from the collection by Sam agus Nessa at Showcase Ireland


Tags: Showcase Ireland, Irish Home & Gifts, Design & Crafts Council


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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