Meet The Makers

See from 4 Artist/Designer/Makers are a sample of those taking part in Craft Fest 2016

Gail Kelly | Algan Arts | Printmaking

Crossgar, County Down

Gail Kelly’s images are inspired by the changing seasons and patterns of our countryside and gardens.  Folklore and traditions are also of interest to her and feature in her designs.  Gail prints her linocuts on Irish linen using a Victorian cast iron press.  She also designs and publishes Algan

Louise Hardman | Wove in Hove | Textiles

County Fermanagh

Louise Hardman is an experienced hand loom weaver.  Her husband Wayne Hardman is an experienced mover and assembler of looms – as well as an ice hockey journalist and broadcaster.

Wove in Hove started out in Hove, England in the 1990's.  Before that time Louise’s hand weaving designs were produced freelance for other labels.  Eventually she decided to create her own label after literally dreaming the name 'Wove in Hove’.

Louise has been weaving and designing since the 1970's and hand loom weaving has become an essential part of the life that she and Wayne now lead in County Fermanagh.

Arts greetings cards.

Shannon McShane | Jewellery/Silversmithing


Shannon McShane collects objects that have been washed up on the shore, fragments of pottery, glass and other flotsam and jetsam.  Then she uses jewellery and silversmithing techniques to incorporate these found objects, protected by silver bags, into wearable jewellery – recycling or repurposing, if you will.

“The call of the ocean and the smell of a peat fire instantly transports me to my childhood home perched on the cliff above Carnalea Bay near Bangor.

Sitting in the abandoned boat house looking out to the bay that our home overlooked, I feel at peace, my mind at ease.

Driftwood resting on my neck, just like the comfort of my favourite chair.  A piece of peat ready to fuel the stove.  Darkened, rippled silver mirrors the waves lapping the bay.”

Thomas Powell | Thomas Powell Pottery | Ceramics

Gilford, County Down

Thomas Powell Pottery was established in May 2013 and is based near Gilford in County Down.

With over twenty-five years of experience working in various potteries, Thomas has designed a range of domestic ware that has a contemporary feel whilst still maintaining a traditional hand-made quality.

His pots are tactile in design with a simple circle of colour, of which there are eight to choose from.