Its landscape, archaeology, vernacular traditions, habitats, folklore, flora and fauna have long held appeal for visitors and craftspeople alike. Creative energy abounds, with over one hundred professional craft workers living, working and finding inspiration in West Cork's renowned pace and quality of life.
This vibrant community of practitioners, with its formal and informal networks, is an invaluable support to individuals dedicated to reaching ever-higher standards in their chosen medium. The region's outstanding natural and cultural environment further heightens skills and creativity and finds expression in a fine range of handwork.
The range of crafted produce found throughout West Cork is as varied as it is rich. Fine ceramic art, delicate glasswork and exquisite jewellery and wood, turned or carved, sit alongside traditional crafts such as sculpture, furniture, knitwear, textiles, pottery, basketry, metalwork, lace and leatherwork. A rich seam of creativity and innovation, abundant local natural materials, a wealth of traditional skills and a singular creative vision combine to form an intimate and enduring link between place and product.
Whether you are looking for a unique keepsake, gift for a loved one or stand out piece to tie your West Cork home together, nothing encapsulates the creative spirit and sense of place that sets West Cork apart like a piece of local craftwork. And if simply investing in a piece is not enough then you should consider taking part in one of the many workshops and open studios which run throughout the year and create your very own masterpiece.
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