Waterford Designers & Makers Exhibition 2022

Showcasing the excellence of all craft disciplines designed and made in Waterford

19th May to 25th June 2022

Waterford Gallery of Art, 31 – 32 O’Connell Street, Waterford X91 RR2R

Waterford City and County Council’s Creative Ireland Programme in association with Waterford Local Enterprise Office, presented an exhibition of design and craft in the Waterford Gallery of Art from the 19th May to the 25th June 2022.

The Waterford Designers & Makers Exhibition showcased the work of the Waterford based design and crafts community, reflecting on the theme of Waterford and what it means to this community. Curator Vincent O’Shea based the exhibition on the creativity involved in craft work and showcased a number of areas of craft and design including glass, ceramics, leatherwork, textiles & wood turning.

The exhibition was launched by Dr Audrey Whitty, Deputy Director of the National Museum of Ireland who was very impressed by the standard of work in the exhibition. Her remarks and presence on the night gave the exhibition strong validation and gave individual makers the opportunity to meet with an extremely influential figure in decorative arts in Ireland and internationally. 

Katherine Collins, Waterford Cultural Quarter Project Manager & Creative Waterford Coordinator explained the importance of the exhibition and the aim for Creative Waterford is to support the excellent culture and creativity in county Waterford, and this exhibition truly celebrated that aim. Events like the Waterford Designers & Makers Exhibition are so important to the city, the county and the region.

Adele Stanley MugsAdele Stanley – CeramicsÁine Ryan – Glass Ann MarshAnn Marsh – Ceramics Cathy Hayden – Basket weaving Cora Cummins – CeramicsEamonn Terry – Criostal Glass Eileen Singleton – Ceramics Frank Cullinane – Leather work Fred O'MahonyFred O’Mahony – Wood turning Gemma OlearyGemma O Leary – Jewellery James Mc Donald – Furniture Jane JermynJane Jermyn – Ceramics Kathleen Dobbyn – Ceramics Kathrin Greif-Maher – Textile Design Laura McNamara – Ceramics Paula Ilecka- Jozwiak – Ceramics Sheila Naughton – Artist Vivien O’Malley – Ceramics 

The full exhibition brochure can be viewed by clicking on the PDF below and downloaded from HERE.

Waterford Designers & Makers Exhibition Brochure 2022 (HD)


The Curator

Vincent O Shea is a highly experienced Project Manager and Curator. He was the founding Programme Manager of the National Craft Gallery and developed a national and international exhibitions programme during his nine-year tenure there. He has worked with, mentored and provided training for makers throughout Ireland. While working with the Crafts Council of Ireland he established the National Craft Collection in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland.

Enquiries; please email creativewaterford@waterfordcouncil.ie

Support and funding for this exhibition was provided by Creative Ireland (Waterford), Waterford City and County Council & Waterford Local Enterprise Office. Exhibition & Product Photography by Roland Paschoff. Launch Event Photography by David Murphy.