Jim Behan has been making pottery in his home town of Carlow for half a century. Initially he was inspired by the traditional pottery of the Far East, especially influences from Japan and Korea.
Over the years Jim has travelled widely while working with and learning from many wonderful makers. Later he studied ceramics at The Glasgow School of Art and graduated in 2009.
The main focus of his current work is wood-fired forms drawn from the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
Dolmen Pottery also makes some domestic ware in tin glazed earthenware.
Trudi Doyle BA HDE is an internationally known professional artist who works from her studio in Ballyconnell, Co. Carlow, using watercolours, acrylics, pastels, oils and mixed media. Her paintings are perfect for those seeking art which is not only decorative and beautiful but also witty, complex, intriguing and original.
Her artworks are in private collections and publications throughout the world including Britain, Australia, Europe, USA, Canada, France and South Korea. In Ireland, her pieces appear in numerous public collections including the Arts Council of Ireland, the Office of Public Works, Schools, Colleges and the Irish Department of Education.
“As a photographer I am constantly aware that in the most ordinary scene there is often an unseen beauty. If something makes us pause, we can often enter the scene and be surprised by what we see and indeed feel.”
Keith Dowling trained for the business of photography, along with portraiture, commercial and event work with Annabell Williams and Bambi Cantrell in the UK. He is a long term member of the Irish Association of Professional Photographers (IPPA) and began working exclusively as a professional photographer in 2008. Receiving IPPA accolades in Gold, Silver and Bronze, particularly in landscape and pictorial work has increased the recognition of Keith's work in Ireland.
Sonja Guenther is a potter/ceramic artist. She studied ceramic design at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork and attended the DCCI pottery skills training course in Thomastown. She has been working in Ceramics for over 20 years, teaching and creating beautiful objects.
Sonja works in stoneware, mainly focusing on ceramic houses, exploring mood and character of the architectural environment that surrounds us. She tries to capture human qualities in her buildings and give them life, character and personality through movement and distortion, exploring pattern, colour and texture and the interplay between pieces.
She also has several ranges of functional and semi-functional thrown wares.
born artist, Bobby McLean graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1985 with
an honours degree in fine art. Bobby moved to Carlow in 1990 after being
invited to showcase his work at an art festival and awarded an
artist-in-residence position from the Irish Arts Council.
Bobby’s work has been heavily influenced by Charles Renee McIntosh, Fuve, Mattisse and Van Gogh. A highly distinctive and extravagantly gifted artist who has exhibited his work throughout Europe and has been acclaimed with excellent critical reviews.
Captivating, Carlow based, Polish artist, Remy Szutran was in 1978. He studied painting and drawing and at the young age of 13, he won the “Old Tychy in the Eyes of Children” Competition.
Remy graduated at 20, from a graphic design school and became passionate about music and DJ-ing. He moved to England in 2004 and then to Ireland in 2013, where painting became a hobby once again.
Remy recently unveiled a new body of work at the Carlow Institute of Further
Education and Training, which is part of their public collection. Taking four
months to complete, his imaginative signature style is heavily influenced by
the work of Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso.
Conan Brennan is a creative artist based in Carlow town who specialises in abstract spray art. At just fifteen years of age, Conan is the youngest exhibiting member of Made in Carlow art gallery.
An avid surfer, Conan discovered his love for spray art in 2017 after a surfing trip to Rossnowlagh, Donegal. Taking inspiration from the swirls and swells of the great Atlantic Ocean as well as the spectacular landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way, Conan channeled his surroundings to inspire space scenes.
Conan's first series of paintings culminated in his idea of 'where the sea meets the sky' and resulted in his 'Transcendence' collection.
An exceptionally talented young and up and coming artist. Watch this space.
Kenneth’s still life’s are often described as super-realism and work in harmony with Mid-Century Modern styling. He still lives in Northern California where he lives in semi-seclusion.
Martina McAteer is an Irish painter and published writer. She has won numerous international awards including 'Celebrating the Genius of Women' in Florida. Over the years, she has been represented by many leading galleries and was selected for a Guinness Book of World Records exhibition in Rome.
Martina has exhibited in Dublin, Wexford, Budapest, Australia, New York, Florida, Edinburgh and Rome.
She calls her work simply “a secret language of the heart”.
Barnets Lane Jewellery Design evolved when Mary Pender, weary of hard work which lacked creativity, returned to college to study design and silversmithing.
“Barnets Lane Jewellery is inspired by the world around me: the natural landscape, nature, history, art, travel & romance.”
Mary’s designs are designed to be loved and worn every day.
All sterling silver pieces are hallmarked in the Irish Assay Office, Dublin Castle and where possible offcuts from the marketing industry are used for her contemporary acrylic designs.
Naomie Daslin is a French textile artist based in Carlow. Trained in the Grennan Mill Design College in Kilkenny, she creates wall hangings, clothing, and objects using a mixture of mixed media and hand weaving
Her work reflects a passion for the process of art and the ancient crafts of weaving and batik. She enjoys mixing colours in search of that perfect shade, that perfect transformation of hues or threads that slowly evolve and combine to create something beautiful. Naomie draws inspiration from the genius of artists such as Maximo Laura, Leonid Afremov, Monet, and Gauguin.
Corina Fitzgibbon is a Visual Artist and Printmaker currently residing in Co. Kildare. She obtained a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art Printmaking and Contemporary Practice from Limerick School of Art and Design.
Corina works primarily in pen, using a .05 fineliner pen to create intricate illustrations using the pointillism technique and with traditional printmaking techniques including relief printing.
Within Corina’s practice, her works convey her own world, a world where she escapes the everyday, a world of day dreams. These artworks are created as way of documenting her visions as she travels to different areas of her own mind. A fantasy world filled with spectacular vast forests and streams, mountains and stars, gateways to the unknown and monsters.