North Kerry – Making Your Own Crafts
Craft Makers stocks a range of carefully selected handcrafted gifts sourced from craft makers, artists and designers who are creating in Ireland today. Located in a gorgeous Victorian building in central Tralee, Co. Kerry, the store also features makers from the Original Kerry craft network.
Craft Makers sources unusual and unique gifts from makers across Ireland. With a particular emphasis on the promotion of craft handmade in Kerry, the public is encouraged to make, learn and buy handmade products for home and gifting. Much of the stock is limited in edition, made with great care and of a very high design standard. Craft Makers allows the visitor great choice in the buying of craft. A high level of craftsmanship is to the fore in the makers represented in the centre. There are a variety of hands-on courses as well which offer the opportunity to learn about craft making.
Craft Makers is open year round with set hours varying throughout the months.
Jan – May: Tues – Sat 10.00am – 6.00pm
June: Mon – Sat 10.00am – 6.00pm
July – August: Mon – Sun 10.00am – 8.00pm
Sept – Nov: Tues – Sat 10.00am – 6.00pm
December: Mon – Sun 10.00am – 6.00pm
Address: 37 Ashe Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Telephone: +353 (0)66 712 0632
Dingle Peninsula – Making and Painting Your Own Pottery
And now, for something completely different. We all know how creative children can be given the chance. How about giving them a lump of clay and letting them transform it into something that you will cherish for years to come?
At Louis Mulcahy’s Pottery at Clogher Head on the Dingle Peninsula your children can do just that. A special room has been set up with a potter’s wheel and assistance and guidance will be provided by the friendly staff.
If you want to take home the master-piece, it will cost you just €4, but you’ll have to let it dry. For just €19.90, the staff will decorate and fire it in the kiln and post it on to you.
You can also learn how the pottery is made from start to finish at the workshop, during July & August they offer fully guided workshop tours. Booking is essential.
Louis Mulcahy’s is open 7 days / all year around.
Address: Clogher Head, Dingle, Co. Kerry
Telephone: +353 (0)66 915 6229
Just up the road, near Ballyferriter, is Faoileán Pottery. Here Betty Ryan offers the opportunity to paint your own pottery. This is a really fun thing to do!
Choose from small tea sets, sugar bowls, cash boxes or mugs. Paint your own design, maybe a personal message. Betty will then fire it in the kiln and it can be collected later.
Other possibilities: baby’s footprints on a plate – wonderful idea.
Whatever the finished product looks like, it’s guaranteed to be a treasured possession for parents or grandparents.
Suitability: young and old / kid’s birthday parties / hen parties – especially if the weather isn’t great.
Cost: €10 plus, depending on what you want to paint.
Gaeilge: Seo áit iontach chun cúpla focal a leabhairt. Tá an gaeilge ag Betty agus tá sí go h-iontach chun spreagadh a tabhairt go daoine chun é a úsáid.
Address: Ballyferriter West, Dingle
Telephone: +353 (0)66 915 6294
Dingle Peninsula – Photography Galleries, Workshops and Walks
Sleeping Giant Studio
Sleeping Giant Studio is a commercial and portrait photography studio located in the heart of Dingle in Co. Kerry. We specialize in the three P’s: Portraits, Products and Perception. Sleeping Giant Studio also specialises in metal murals, canvas and all levels of mounting and framing along with a specialist printing service to compliment your personal works of art.
Owner and chief photographer, Karen McHugh, is a world class photographer who specialises in commercial, portrait and imaging.
Informative photo walks around Dingle town on Saturday mornings are available from June 14 until September 14. The cost is €10 per person.
Address: Dingle town, Co. Kerry
Telephone: +353 (0)87 662 9585