Waterford City is currently filled with the wonder of Winterval and the experience is extended with the Waterford Crafts Christmas Craft Fair in the Garter Lane Arts Centre. Open every day from 10am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and 12 Midday to 5:30pm every Sunday until 23rd of December, this Christmas Craft Fair is unique to Waterford, the Christmas Capital of the country and should be an integral part of your Christmas shopping experience.
Talented crafts members from all over the South East and beyond have come together to display their wares and give you options for alternative, locally produced giftware of an outstanding quality. From delicate skincare to sumptuous velvet, ceramic creations to leather bags, delicious cakes to elegant art, there truly is something here for every taste and every budget.
One of the craft members this year is John Lynagh from Crystal City Creations, who makes exquisite glass treasures. Using small tools, he manages to melt glass rods of various colours and make delicate animals, beautiful unique pieces of jewellery and other items as diverse as flowers to frames. Each piece is lovingly handmade by John himself in his dedicated studio in Tramore. Having worked for many years in Waterford crystal John understands the delicacy and intricacies of glass work and he has adapted to develop his own style and creations. Having been a member of Waterford Crafts group for many years John is one our longstanding contributors and his passion and love of his work is obvious from the beauty and mastery of his stunning creations. Stop by and visit John’s stand in this year’s Waterford Crafts Christmas Craft Fair for a vast array of charming and enchanting gift options.
With beautiful wool rugs hand woven in Camphill Community, Grangemockler and stunning mosaics by Joan Casey and Len Canton from the Craft Tangle, there is a vast array of talent on offer. As the seasonal cold draws in there is no better accessory than a snug Viking Hood created by the brilliant Clare Horgan. Just what you need as you browse the city centre on your way to this year’s fair.
Another craft member this year is Sevensisters Ceramics led by Maeve Sookram. Established in 2011 with the sole aim of introducing a new type of ceramic to the Irish market, this multi-award-winning studio now produces quirky unique hand made products that are individual and distinctive and so beautiful. All pieces are designed and made in her specialised ceramic studio located in Johnstown, Kilkenny. As well as the many pieces which are already annual favourites at the Waterford Crafts Christmas Craft Fair, this year Maeve has introduced new house shaped t-lights to her eclectic range along with beautiful flower themed soap dishes and a fun flowerpot worm, guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face. To complete the Christmas theme, choose from her range of exquisitely crafted ceramic angels, cherubic choirboys and salient snowmen. Her colourful display is one not to be missed, so be sure to stop by on your trip to Garter Lane and select your precious ceramic treasure.
So for alternative Christmas gifts to suit every budget, every age and every member of the family, visit the Waterford Crafts Christmas Craft Fair in Garter Lane, open every day from 10am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and 12 Midday to 5:30pm every Sunday until 23rd of December.
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