RDS Irish craft Awards – July 2016

The annual RDS National Craft Awards showcase and reward excellence in Irish craft. The awards which were Established in 1968 follow an RDS tradition of promoting Irish craft which dates back to the nineteenth century.

RDS Craft awards

The RDS National Craft Awards is an open platform for Irish craftspeople to have their work assessed by an independent judging panel of Irish and international craft experts.

Each year, the winning and commended entries are showcased at the RDS National Craft Awards Exhibition during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.

Check out what is up for grabs for those who enter –

The overall prize fund for the 2016 RDS Craft Awards is in excess of €30,000.

ESTABLISHED MAKER AWARD STRAND

€5,000 Award of Excellence
Awarded to the most outstanding entry by an established maker. Only category winners are eligible to be considered for this award.

12 RDS Craft Awards Category Prizes sponsored by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland

€500 awarded to each category winner sponsored by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland
RDS medal and certificate awarded to each category winner.

EMERGING MAKER AWARD STRAND

€5,000 Award of Excellence
Awarded to the most outstanding entry by an emerging maker. Only category winners are eligible to be considered for this award.

€2,000 IACI RDS Muriel Gahan Award
Awarded to an emerging craftsperson to assist with career /business development. This award is co-sponsored by the Irish American Cultural Instuitue and the RDS.

€2,000 RDS Graduate Award
Awarded to an outstanding entry by a graduate student

National Crafts & Design Fair Award
A free stand for an emerging maker (worth €2,000) in the Serpentine Hall, at the National Crafts & Design Fair in the RDS in early December 2016. Entrants must be prepare to display, staff and fully stock a 3 x 2m stand for the full five days of the Fair.

12 RDS Craft Awards Category Prizes sponsored by the Design & Craft of Ireland

€500 awarded to each category winner sponsored by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland
RDS medal and certificate awarded to each category winner

Such a great incentive for Irish makers so make sure you go an support the event.

The RDS Craft Awards Exhibition will be open to the public free of charge:

July 13 – 15 (10am-5pm, late opening on Thursday – 7pm)

It will also open during the Dublin Horse Show: July 20 – 24

For more information check out Craft Awards 2016

Click here for more information on the Dublin Horse Show

 

Irish Gifts

We all love gifts and we love them more when they are made in Ireland. People travel far and wide to visit our beautiful country, and they want to leave with a gift for a friend, loved one or a token to remember their trip to Ireland.

When it comes to an Irish gift people look for something that will remind them of a certain town, a village or city. Below is a list of some of the great Made in Ireland gifts that you can get for a loved one.

HANDMADE SOAP COMPANY

The Handmade Soap Company

One of my favourite brands it the Handmade Soap Company . They sell beautiful candles, bodywash and soaps that smell devine. All made in Country Meath.

 

WILDGOOSE STUDIO

Wild Goose Studio

For a gift to remember, Wild Goose Studio offers a great affordable Irish gift which people will cherish forever. All handmade in the beautiful Kinsale, Co Cork, Wild Goose offers a great range of framed Irish sayings, spiritual wall art and of course the beautiful Celtic cross.

ORWELL & BROWNE

Orwell and Browne

When I first arrived to Ireland I received an Orwell & Browne notebook as a gift from a friend, I still have it. It is a such a unique gift and it is something that will definitely remind you or Ireland. Orwell and Browne also sell Bow Ties, Cufflinks, Ties, Tie Clips, Pocket Squares &  framed Tweed Maps.

JERPOINT GLASS

Jerpoint Glass

I first stumbled upon Jerpoint Glass when I did the Trail Kilkenny . The glassware is this place is amazing. All made in Kilkenny, you can see the glassblowing in action if you visit the studio. Check it out for yourself they have a gift for every occasion.

VIVIEN WALSH

Vivien Walsh

If you love jewellery and enjoy a statement piece, you are going to love Vivien Walsh . A friend of mine was wearing a pair of Vivien Walsh earrings and they looked amazing. All handmade in Monkstown – Ireland, they are the perfect gift and the perfect price.