At Blanchville House you are at the centre of Ireland’s ‘Craft Trail’ with a wealth of high quality handmade Irish Crafts available at numerous outlets including the famous Kilkenny Design Centre.
Kilkenny Design CentreIreland has a strong tradition of crafts with handknitting, basket weaving, pottery, silver and goldsmithing all being skills that have been successfully handed down over hundreds of years. At Kilkenny Design Centre you will find the largest selection of crafts in Ireland all beautifully displayed in a very unique setting.
Jerpoint Glass StudioTucked away on a country lane, is the studio of one of Ireland's best-known contemporary glassmakers - some of his pieces have a delicate pink or lavender cast whilst others are as clear as ice.
Nicholas Mosse PotteryThe spongeware tradition in ceramics is ancient and can be found anywhere pottery flourishes. Animals and flowers are set against geometric repeat borers in delicious blues, browns, greens and reds on a soft white background. Careful throwing and delicate details give the pottery an unusually light and elegant appeal. Pottery includes a display area and tea rooms.
Padmore & BarnesHand-crafted Wallabees Shoes - in addition to the people directly employed at their Kilkenny based plant, hundreds of people in the surrounding areas are employed part time, handstitching the shoes in their own homes, continuing an age old tradition in Ireland.
Rudolf HeltzelGold, Silver & precious stones worked into contemporary jewellery. The designs of the pendants are dictated by the aesthetic of the stones and how they will best compliment a woman, resulting in works of extraordinary beauty.
The Bridge PotteryLocated in Chapel Street, Bennettsbridge this delightful outlet specialises in selling hand-painted pottery. Potters Mark Campden and Caroline Dolan work at The Bridge Pottery, Burnchurch, Co. Kilkenny.