Craft & Design


Kilkenny, home to the Design & Craft Council of Ireland headquarters, Grennan Mill Craft School, Sessions House Jewellery School and many more has long been recognised as the centre of Ireland’s design and craft sector, with international lifestyle brand Kilkenny Design having established itself right in the heart of the city over 50 years ago.

Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon & Lighthouse Studios is a five-time Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA and Emmy nominated animation studio formed by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey. From award-winning shorts to feature films and TV series, Cartoon Saloon has carved a special place in the international Animation industry.

Kilkenny, the creative heart of Ireland, is a thriving centre for artisan craft production where you will find every bespoke product imaginable across a wide range of craft disciplines.

A woollen mill has stood on the Mill site for over 800 years. The Cushens have been involved in woollen textile manufacturing since the 18th century and are acutely aware of the history and the heritage of which they are part.

Six generations of the Cushen family have been crafting exceptional textiles in Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny. Spinning yarn and weaving blankets, forging a reputation and setting the standard for the marque of quality and excellence that is carried forward today.

Nicholas Mosse is a renowned Irish pottery and cermamics studio located in Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny. The studio is known for its handcrafted and hand-painted pottery, which has gained international recognition for its unique designs, high-quality craftsmanship, and distinctive style.

The story of Nicholas Mosse Pottery began in 1976 when Nicholas Mosse – the son of a flour merchant – moved back to Ireland having trained in the UK and Japan and set up his own pottery studio on the Mosse family land in Kilkenny.

Over the years, the studio has grown in popularity, and Nicholas Mosse’s distinctive pottery pieces have become highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike.
The dsigns often feature floral patterns and charming country scenes that evoke a sense of warmth and nostalgia. The colour palette is rich and earthy, with blues, greens and browns prominent.

Today Nicholas Mosse Pottery is considered a leading name in Irish ceramics and has a loyal following worldwide. The timeless designs continue to be cherished by those appreciative of handmade, artisinal pottery.