Things have been very busy for the last few weeks, with lots of glass to get ready for all the Christmas shops popping up around the country.
I’m delighted to have my handmade fused glass on sale in Galway’s ‘Granny Likes It’ on Abbeygate Street…now open!
You can always find it in the gorgeous Glasson Craft Gallery in Co. Westmeath, just outside Athlone.
And now, I’m thrilled to be included in Dublin’s newest retail outlet for quality Irish art and craft… the tasty Irish Design Selection in the Westbury Mall, off Grafton Street.
With so much making, baking and boxing going on, the studio became a very busy spot. Here’s a picture of my constant companion, and would-be helper, Pip the poodle!
It’s a dog’s life!
For this weekend only, Clones is transformed from Irish rural town, to festival HQ, as they celebrate their annual Clones Canal Capers Festival.
As part of the madness, the Fabulous creative crew, along with invited friends, are opening their popular pop-up shop once again.
Encaustic artist Niamh O’Connor, together with silk painter Louise Loughman, with help from well-known painter Roisin Duffy, transformed the vacant premises at Diamond DIY from this ….
… to this …
The shop looks amazing! Open daily this weekend only Friday – Sunday 7-9 September 2012 from 10am-6pm. All the work is handmade in Co. Monaghan. Participating artists include those named above, along with Liz Christy‘s handwoven shawls and scarves; natural soaps and more from Irish Scentsations, Dorinda McCormack‘s handwoven handbags and purses, and some of my own Kings Forge Glass. There’s lots more local crafts besides, and a visit is without doubt most worthwhile.
Might be an ideal opportunity to pick up some early Christmas gifts… all handmade with pride, in Monaghan.
Hope to you you there!
Lucky lunchtime feasters!
Just the quickest note. Delighted to share my new foodie find…the wonderful McCambridge’s on Shop St in Galway. Thoughtful food served in a great atmosphere by efficient and helpful staff! I had a delish salad with tuna, pine nuts, leaves including basil, and asparagus – more for a feeling of luxury than anything else – with a tahini dressing.
For those with a sweet tooth, there’s a very tempting island laden down with lovely-looking bakes, but I resisted!
That’s the good news. But the reason for my pitstop trip to Galway is to collect some glass pieces from the amazing ‘TANK Granny Likes It‘ pop-up shop on Upper Abbeygate St. The shop is the brainchild of businesswoman Rona O’Reilly, and no doubt her TANK emporium of Irish craft will be popping up again soon!
Watch this space!
Hi, this is the start of my new blog… the thoughts that come into, and hopefully, out of my head from time to time!
My name’s Grace, and I make fused glass. Ok, confession over!
Last weekend, together with some fellow artists, we descended on Clones with a pop-up art and craft shop, to coincide with the inaugural Fortstock Music Festival. With all the hard work done, my friend, encaustic artist Niamh O’Connor and I were standing behind the till, when we were asked to be interviewed for Shannonside Northern Sound radio, 94-98FM!
Tonight, Tuesday’s Business Show, hosted by Claire Noble, is aired from 8-9pm. Don’t miss it!
Fabulous@Fortstock, Clones, June 2012, featuring some of the ‘Fabulous’ work of Monaghan’s artists! These included Liz Christy, Louise Loughman, Niamh O’Connor, Roisin Duffy, Catherina Donaghy, as well as my own King’s Forge Glass!