On St. Patrick’s Day We Honor Our Irish Designers and Artisans

What better way to pay tribute to the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, than to support the incredibly innovative and talented Irish artists, designers and craftspeople? Celebrate with us as we pay homage to the new and emerging talent along with the well known superstars. All are dedicated and passionate about their craft. Let’s share their joy.

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“Eiffel” Sapphire Ring, Armoura. By award winning designer Stuart McGrath.

. Along with the large central princess cut blue topaz stone there are 34 various sized triangle cut stones on this ring including tourmaline, aquamarine, baguette cut clear and brown diamonds.

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Art Deco Tower Cocktail Ring, Armoura. Large emerald, diamonds with neon pink and black enamel.

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Icarus Ring, Pink sapphire and diamond ring in 18ct gold, Armoura. Stuart McGrath infuses his impressive sculpture background with the beauty of jewelry design to craft exceptional, breathtaking pieces.

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Brilliant silk scarf by artist and designer Susannagh Grogan can be worn in many different ways.

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Stunning silk scarf by award winning Susannagh Grogan.

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Sinéad O’ Moore Ceramics. Precious earthenware tea light bowls burst with color from an applied crystalline glaze. Each piece is unique, like a tiny treasure.

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As thin as paper, these Coloured Porcelain Tea Light Shells suggest the coming of spring. A copper oxide is applied to the edge to create a bold outline against a delicate form, producing a striking contrast. Sinéad O’ Moore Ceramics.

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A warm glow to enjoy during a cozy evening. Double porcelain tea light shells. Sinéad O’ Moore relates, “Growing up by the Irish coastline I reckon the sea and nature has informed my work greatly, by working with the clay to delicate thicknesses which moves organically during the firing process. More recently I have combined pieces allowing them to fuse in shell like forms.”

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Fisherman Toggle Buttoned Collar Sweater. Blarney Woolen Mills was built in 1823 and is now an Irish heritage shop.

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Sarah Hooded Cape. Blarney Woolen Mills sells all categories of Irish homewares, crystal, linen, lace and lovely Irish made apparel.

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DMC Jewellery by David McCauley. Magnificent 1960’s inspired gem-set ring. The center stone is a concave amethyst which is surrounded by green diamonds, white diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Truly an heirloom piece.

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Swirls of sterling silver accented with 18ct gold finished with green diamonds create a one-of-a-kind statement brooch. DMC Jewellery.

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Sparkling crystal flower by Waterford Crystal.

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Lismore Diamond Footed Centerpiece by Waterford Crystal, an iconic Irish brand first established in 1783 with a long history of elegance and producing fine quality crystal.

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How unexpected and exciting to encounter a breathtaking bracelet made of glass! Sisyphus Arm piece, 2019 by Laura Quinn Design. “The combination of materials and fixing method allows the glass movement, flexibility and most importantly, wearability.” Laura Quinn, Irish designer and glass blower.

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Lampworked illuminated forms by award winning Laura Quinn. Flop lights are fabricated from over 1300 individually lampworked components. Laura comes from Foxford, Co. Mayo. Growing up in a household where her mother and grandmother were proficient in the traditional home crafts of knitting, sewing and embroidery gave Laura a making language which is evident in how she combines modular glass components within soft frameworks.  Laura’s main aim is to push the perceived boundaries the audience has of glass as being too fragile and precious to use.

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Fabulous handbag with an origami inspired design. Helen Hayes Clothing.

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Helen Hayes. Meticulously woven ribbon top.

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Delicate, layered, handcrafted blouse, Helen Hayes.

Helen combines simple silhouettes with intricate finishes. Pieces can take up to 70 hours to create and are intended to last a life-time.

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Ingenious handwarmer mug in a lovely blue-green turquoise shade by Castle Arch Pottery. Inspired by the colors of the Celtic land and sea.

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Castle Arch Pottery creates contemporary heirlooms and glorious handcrafted pieces that you’ll want to enjoy each day.

These wall planters would make any flowers look enchanting.

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“Limestone Lily” at Carton House. Richard Healy.

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Richard Healy, “Peapod,” Kilkenny limestone carved sculpture. “There is a great tradition of stone carving in Ireland. Although the tools have changed a little over time, the action of hammer on chisel and punch remains the same today, and it is this that gives me a strong sense of belonging to this ancient lineage of Irish carvers. I have worked on various projects and sculptures and have learned how to carve many different types of stone – From Kilkenny limestone, Dublin and Wicklow granite to Portland limestone, sandstone, Aberdeen red and Carrara marble. Each type of stone invites a different approach to carve it.”

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From the “Adore Jackie” collection by award winning fashion designer Jacqueline Quinn.

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Jacqueline Quinn started her love affair with fashion and began studying the Jacqueline Kennedy “look” at a very young age. The Kennedy look was an inspiration for women in both the United States and across Europe during the 1960’s. Quinn’s latest collection revives the glamour and beautiful silhouettes of the “Jackie Years.” It features only the finest, most luxurious fabrics from Paris in soft hues, delicious colors and perfect details. In true dressmaker fashion, the emphasis is on an elegant fit, couture finishing and timeless femininity.

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A swirling dream of a gown from the couture collection, adorejackie.com, by Jacqueline Quinn.

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Shimmering golden couture gown by Jacqueline Quinn.

Ireland is rich in its artistic heritage. Watch this space as we continue to support Ireland’s artists, designers and craftspeople so you can learn about their amazing and innovative works of art and craft. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Diane Weisbeck

Diane Weisbeck is a native New Yorker. A luxury lifestyle content writer, Diane was a retail buyer for Lord & Taylor’s flagship store, a product design/developer for Saks Fifth Avenue’s corporate office and a Director of Retail for major museums and high end retailers. She assists global luxury brands with their marketing and brand strategies and is also a Fair Trade corporate art consultant.

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