When ‘you shouldn’t have’ means you really shouldn’t have… We’ve all encountered gift face; that strained smile – no teeth – that doesn’t quite reach the eyes. Finding beautiful and original pieces for the person who has everything is no easy feat but the Give Irish Craft online store has a wonderfully curated selection of ceramics, jewellery, fashion and homewares from some of Ireland’s top artisans. We’ve collected five of our favourites.
Porcelain bells, with silk string and garnet gemstone
Mary Neeson Ceramics
As well as being an award-winning ceramic designer and maker, Mary is an experienced bronzer and porcelain potter. Her designs are enchanting, dainty and her whimsical works include porcelain night lights and ornamental birdhouses. Her experimental pieces can be found in The Blue Pool Gallery Studio, Killarney.
Daria Black Bracelet by Tory Long
Passionate about jewellery from an early age, Tory often borrowed her father’s pliers and wires to make earrings. She moved from Belfast to Dublin in 2001 and worked as a fashion buyer and merchandiser for 10 years while training as a silversmith. After making the leap to full-time jeweller, Tory works in gold and silver with a sprinkling of precious gemstones like labradorite, agate and druzy.
Hennessy & Byrne herringbone cheese platter and knife set
Hennessy & Byrne
Eric Byrne is a second-generation stonemason with 20 years experience under his belt. Working with Connemara marble, silver flecked Wicklow granite and Kilkenny black veined marble to create functional flawless tableware, he strives to bring out each material’s inherent beauty. It’s a family tradition that’s lasted half a century and all pieces are designed and crafted from Rossborough house, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.
Golden Globe Cup, Fisherman’s Dream by Karoart
Karolina Grudniewska is a self-taught ceramicist who found her love for clay after her partner gave her two bags of it as a Christmas present. It is the perfect medium to explore her love of fantasy, scenery and natural wonders. Her pieces are an adorable collective of pastel tablewares with metallic strokes, bubbly wall art and Christmas baubles.
Mianra Lavender and Oats Salt Soak
Mianra’s artisan soaps are a treat for sensitive skin types as they are paraben and sulphate-free, and aren’t tested on animals. Hand crafted in Cork since 2002, Mianra came to be through a love for perfumery and a curiosity for new recipes. The range includes gorgeously fragrant soaps, scrubs and perfume oils that use natural ingredients like bamboo charcoal to detoxify, oats to soothe and the finest grade essential oils.