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.
the goldsmith behind the jewellery brand DeBurca Design, originally from Mayo,
has set up her own studio in rural county Carlow overlooking the Barrow valley.
She creates all the pieces at her workbench in her studio. The studio shelves display sources of inspiration such as dried leaves, shells, pebbles, and lots of books that feed her imagination and designs. Mary takes ideas from nature such as repetition and pattern and the interplay of light, line and shadow, and demonstrates these through her jewellery designs, working with silver, gold, pearls and precious stones.
She has developed a number of jewellery ranges in both silver and gold and loves to create personalised one of a kind pieces for individual clients.
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.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Natalie Alers is a self-taught watercolour artist and porcelain jewellery designer / manufacturer.
Natalie loves both mediums because they are translucent which reflect a gentleness and simplicity. She is inspired by the nature around her country garden, especially the small birds which visit and nest in the hedgerow.
Natalie started her own jewellery range after struggling to find earrings that did not irritate her allergic skin. Porcelain and gold were perfect as they are exceptionally lightweight - each earring weighs only 1 gram.
Natalie and her family settled in the Carlow countryside 10 years ago where she now works from her garden studio.
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.
Vicki O Donogue is originally from London and is now
based in the Brown Mountains outside Kilkenny City. Vicki studied Fine Art and
Business, History of Art and Abstract Art.
For as long as I can remember, I've loved the freedom of being outside in
the elements, for me being in nature bestows a gift that nourishes the soul,
beyond comprehension and so, is the inspiration behind my practice. Being an
abstract artist allows me to express my connection intuitively, working in
oils, and graphite, I capture the essence of what I see and feel. I am seduced
by colour and mark making, continually experimenting to see what can be
achieved by moving the colour around the canvas, using line as a vehicle to
distort and abstract, encapsulating the changing light and shadows which course
their way across the land, highlighting its texture and geology, by applying
and removing paint I can also expose a glimpse of the past beneath the surface,
mimicking the archeology of place, giving myself permission to alternate
between the real and the imaginary
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.
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.