At Blanchville House you are at the centre of Ireland's 'Craft Trail'
with a wealth of high quality handmade Irish Crafts available at numerous
outlets including the famous Kilkenny Design Centre.
Kilkenny Design Centre
Ireland has a strong tradition of crafts with handknitting, basket weaving,
pottery, silver and goldsmithing all being skills that have been successfully
handed down over hundreds of years. At Kilkenny Design Centre you will
find the largest selection of crafts in Ireland all beautifully displayed
in a very unique setting.
A range of ware is produced, from large platters with generous rims and
soft profiled handles, to bold table lamps with hand painted shades. The
pots are entirely made by hand on the potters wheel and are glazed with
colours and textures that bring out the tactile qualities of the wet clay.
Jerpoint Glass Studio
Tucked away on a country lane, is the studio of one of Ireland's best-known
contemporary glassmakers - some of his pieces have a delicate pink or
lavender cast whilst others are as clear as ice.
Specialists in producing plaques that are Hand Painted in full colour
on the rear of glass, for protection, which are then mounted on Mahogany
style timber. All the Coats of Arms are based on old heraldic descriptions
recorded in ancient manuscripts and reference books.
The spongeware tradition in ceramics is ancient and can be found anywhere
pottery flourishes. Animals and flowers are set against geometric repeat
borers in delicious blues, browns, greens and reds on a soft white background.
Careful throwing and delicate details give the pottery an unusually light
and elegant appeal. Pottery includes a display area and tea rooms.
Padmore & Barnes
Hand-crafted Wallabees Shoes - in addition to the people directly employed
at their Kilkenny based plant, hundreds of people in the surrounding areas
are employed part time, handstitching the shoes in their own homes, continuing
an age old tradition in Ireland.
Gold, Silver & precious stones worked into contemporary jewellery.
The Bridge Pottery
Located in Chapel Street, Bennettsbridge this delightful outlet specialises
in selling hand-painted pottery.