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Meet the Designer-Makers

Meet Ceramicist Amanda Murphy

"The wildness of the rugged Irish landscape is what inspires me" Ceramicist Amanda Murphy makes decorative hand-built stoneware ceramics including vases, platters and bowls. Each piece is hand-built, inspired by movement within the landscape. Using oxides and coloured glass to punctuate the pieces, the creations offer what the potter calls a bird's eye view of the landscape. It looks like the highs and lows of an Ordinance Survey map. Using a blue-white crystalline glaze the platters are pieces that can sit atop a table or hang on the wall. The way the glaze and glass melt during firing is different...

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Meet Diane Sutherland of Diane Sutherland Jewellery

Diane is a graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Silver Smithing and Jewellery. Diane has been designing and making Jewellery professionally for over 15 years from her studio in Belfast.  Diane designs and makes women’s and men’s jewellery ranging from necklaces to bangles; earrings; rings; pendants and cufflinks. These are all one off commission pieces or small batch collections. All of her work is handmade using traditional techniques. Diane's style is elegant and minimal, her jewellery can be worn from day to night with ease.  Diane’s work displays a strong geometric identity, yet it...

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Meet Natasha and Stephen Hall of RUFTY-ROO-HAH

An East Antrim based business creating their own books, prints, T-Shirts and greetings cards. All inspired by our life and culture in Northern Ireland.  The father and daughter team of Natasha Hall and Stephen Hall have joined forces to celebrate what is special in the north east of the island. If you visit St. George’s Market, Belfast, on a Sunday, you may be surprised by a stall called “RUFTY-ROO-HAH!”. A taster and a slice of Northern Irish life. “People will often stand looking at our stall, just smiling and often laughing, whether they are from here or just visiting” says...

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Meet Julie Swan of Forgotten China

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Forgotten China creates handmade jewellery pieces, bespoke light fittings and tiered cake stands from old, vintage china. Each piece of china is sourced from charity shops and auction rooms around Ireland with a particular effort placed on sourcing Irish china where possible. Each piece from Forgotten China has a story; whether it's the chipped sugar bowl, found full of sugar at an auction house and then handcrafted into a pair of cufflinks or the broken and discarded teacups, unloved and covered in dust in a charity shop which are now a beautiful pair of earrings. Every jewellery creation is unique, special and...

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Meet Meab and Clair of Meab Enamels

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  The Meab story started over 50 years ago when a young Meab set out on her travels around Europe. She was inspired by great artists such as Faberge, the renowned enamellist. She was also inspired by local crafts people who were able to re-use materials to create unique and vibrant designs. Meab returned home and developed her own ‘open firing’ technique utilising waste copper water cylinders. Meab’s technique allowed her to create not only unique but vibrant and cutting edge designs. Meab has passed on these skills to her daughter Clair. Clair has developed her own individual style which...

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