It’s August so it must be Craft Month, when exhibitions, workshops, talks and events for everyone from children to dedicated craft followers take place.
Organised by Craft NI, this year the focus is on ceramics and will include talks and workshops by well known artists like Jack Doherty, Diane McCormick and curator Katy West. There will be workshops in Raku, thrown ceramics and thrown porcelain as well as hand built pottery by Caroline Huey.
The whole event kicked off with The Creative Peninsula which, ‘gives visitors the chance to experience first hand the creativity and innovation of craft’. And this is what the month is all about, with many of the craft and artists’ studios opening to visitors for the duration.
As always, guided bus tours, which include lunch, have been organised and these will provide opportunities to see a number of craft-makers at work.
Today, tomorrow and on Sunday Castle Ward once again hosts Craft Fest, a celebration of craft, applied art and design by some of Northern Ireland’s finest makers exhibiting everything from glass, basketry, and ceramics to textiles, mixed media and wood.
There will be the opportunity to buy directly from makers, watch demonstrations and take part in workshops.
Something similar will be happening at Enniskillen Castle Museum, currently ongoing and until August 31, when Fermanagh based contemporary craftspeople will be setting their work alongside objects from the museum’s collection.
There will also be a ‘meet the makers’ day when visitors will get a chance to talk to the makers and see them at work.
Derry will be showing what it can do in the Walled City Craft Exhibition at the Millenium Forum between August 10-14. This showcase for crafts will include jewellery, ceramics, glass and textiles.
And this is all just the tip of the iceberg. Everyone can getting in on this wonderful creative experience with exhibitions in Bangor, Belfast, Lisburn, Omagh and Enniskillen.
For all the information get your hands on a Craft Directory available at tourist information offices, cafes and arts centres or from www.craftnidirectory.org