Designers and Makers Based in Kildare

The Island of Ireland is renowned for its culture, from hospitality and its food and drink excellence, to music and The Arts. We’re also an island of creatives. We can’t help ourselves – making and doing at every opportunity. Some of us take it to the next level, sharing our passion with those outside of our circle of friends and family. And when we do take that leap, and share, the warmth of our passion brings happiness to all those who appreciate it.

The County of Kildare is brimming with creative designers and makers. And to celebrate them I’ve compiled ’15 Fantastic Designers and Makers’ you should know about. In fact, I’m proud to say that my hometown of Athy could possibly be the core of such creativeness, and looking through this list you’ll see why. Perhaps one day, we’ll have own Irish Design & Craft Centre overlooking the River Barrow … anyone a dab hand with business plans?

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15 Fantastic Designers and Makers

1 – BARESSENTIAL – Skincare & Soap Maker

Where: Unit 5, Athy Enterprise Community Centre, Athy, Co Kildare

Website: baressential.ie

Social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

“We design unique skin care products and handmade soaps, made in the traditional cold process soap making way using the finest, ethically and environmentally resourced natural raw ingredients. All our recipes are naturally influenced using sumptuous skin loving ingredients and luxurious evocative scent blends.” Kate Park

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - Baressential - The Art of Soap

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2 – SAM AGUS NESSA – Product Designers

Where: Nicholastown, Athy, Co. Kildare

Website: samagusnessa.com

Social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

“Sam agus Nessa is an award winning furniture and product design company based in county Kildare, Ireland. We design and create contemporary, functional furniture and home wares utilising locally sourced, Irish materials. Our quirky creations are handmade, unique and beautifully packaged so would make a thoughtful gift for any occasion.” Sam & Nessa

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - Baressential - Sam agus Nessa

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3 – BEAUTIFUL GOODBYES – Bespoke Urn Designer & Maker

Where: Athy, Co. Kildare

Website: beautifulgoodbyes.ie

Social: Facebook | Instagram

‘Beautiful Goodbyes is a bespoke urn design service, giving people the opportunity to select and personalise their final resting place, with exclusive illustrations reflecting and celebrating their life. A handmade funeral cremation urn designed just for you.’ Ciara O’Keeffe

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - Beautiful Goodbyes

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4 – CLOVER WOODCRAFT – Irish Woodturner

Where: Ballyfoyle, Maganey, Athy, Co Kildare

Website: cloverwoodcraft.ie

Social: Facebook | Instagram

“At Clover Woodcraft we believing in producing high quality wood turned gifts. We are always surprised to find, hidden treasures behind the bark when we start to process our timber. Each wood turned project shows great character, and we enjoy showcase each piece to it maximum potential. Our highly figured timbers make excellent Irish wooden gifts, we can provide tractability on all our products.” Michael & Catherine Lyons

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - Clover Woodcraft

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5 – THE BEARS FROM SOUTH KILDARE – Wool Artist

Where: Mullaghmast, Ballitore, Co. Kildare

Website: facebook.com/sheepwoolart

Wool Artist Olivia Ashmore crafts using wool shorn from her own flock in Mullaghmast, Co. Kildare. And keeping with nature, natural dyes like elderberry and copper beech leaves are used to colour the wool, and bring her creations to life.

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - The Bears from South Kildare

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12 – CANDELLA – Candlemaker

Where: 32 Coolaghknock Gardens, Kildare, Co. Kildare 

Website: candella.ie

Social: Facebook | Instagram

‘I believe that scents and fragrances enhance people’s lives and their wellbeing. We love the idea of merging natural raw materials with highly sophisticated scents, eco-friendly ingredients and unique design.’ Gosia Sobkowicz

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - Candella Ireland

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7 –  DE BRUIR – Leather Craftsman

Where: Monasterevin Rd, Kildare, Co. Kildare

Website: debruir.com

Social: Facebook | Instagram

“Situated in Kildare town, Ireland, the DE BRUIR Studio collection of leather bags and accessories combine timeless elegance with contemporary styling. Improving with age and lasting a lifetime, the DE BRUIR Studio collection is now considered a modern classic.” Garvan de Bruir

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - De Bruir

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8 – COOLREE DESIGN – Furniture, Home & Gift

Where: Coolree, Co. Kildare

Website: coolreedesign.ie

Social: FacebookTwitter | Instagram

“Along with creating bespoke pieces of furniture, we also produce a range of homewares which are being sold through selected retailers around Ireland. The Coolree Design range includes beautiful, functional and playful items such as the WRAP and LOOP wall hooks and SPUN desk clocks and bowls. Many of the items in the range exhibit a playful, colourful aspect.” Warren Hayes

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - Coolree Design

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6 – DEE 4 CANDLES – Candle Maker

Where: 14, Bru Na Riogh, Naas, Co. Kildare

Website: dee4candles.com

Social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

‘Irish handmade home fragrances: Soy Candles, Room Diffusers, Soy Melts, T Lights, Diffuser Refills.. Luxury that Doesn’t Cost the Earth. All our packaging is recyclable and most is home compostable.” Deirdre Harrington

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - Dee4Candles Ireland

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9 –  YVONNE KELLY JEWELLERY – Jewellery Designer & Goldsmith

Where: Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Website: yvonnekellyjewellery.ie

Social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

“I create jewellery with a personality. I describe it as fun & wearable art. Something a little bit different. My ingredients are precious metals, gemstones, quality craftsmanship and a good dollop of quirkiness! Each piece is imagined designed and created with love from my studio in Maynooth, Co. Kildare and hallmarked with my own unique maker’s mark by the Irish Assay Office in Dublin Castle.” Yvonne Kelly

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - Yvonne Kelly Jewellery

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10 – EVA KELLY GLASS – Glass Designer & Maker

Where: Primrose Hill, Calverstown, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare

Website: evakellyglass.com

Social: Facebook | Twitter

“I create both functional glassware and individual pieces for exhibitions and commissions using a variety of techniques including acid etching, painting, fusing and casting. I am passionate about glass and inspired by nature.” Eva Kelly

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - Eva Kelly Glass

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11 –  TUTTY’S HANDMADE SHOES – Shoemaker

Where: Riverhouse, Millbrook, Naas East, Naas, Co. Kildare

Website: tuttyshandmadeshoes.ie

Social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

“We have a long family tradition of making every shoe with the exact same care and attention. Combining age old craft with the best of curative advances we pride ourselves in our devotion to our vocation.” Marian Tutty

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - Tutty's Handmade Shoes

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13 –  CARVEON – Product Designers

Where: Kilcullen Industrial Estate, Naas Rd, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare

Website: carveon.com

Social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

“We design and manufacture a broad range of goods from premium vegetable tanned leather. Specialising in the customisation and personalisation, we have developed working relationships with individual and corporate customers in over 50 countries across six continents. A close-knit team of nine, together we pool our experience to ensure overall quality. We finish each product by hand and take pride in everything that we make.” Gary and Alan McCormack

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - CarveOn

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14 – LIZZIE B – Candle Maker

Where: Derrynine, Nurney, Co. Kildare

Website: lizzieb.ie

Social: Facebook | Twitter

‘I have researched widely and learned from the best, attending training programmes in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the United States with leading perfumers and aromatherapists – perfecting the art of Essential Oil blending and product design, resulting in this exciting range of products available today.” Liz Bowes

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - LizzieB

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15 – ALCHEMY JEWELLERY – Goldsmith

Where: Abbeylands Shopping Centre, Abbeylands, Clane, Co. Kildare

Website: alchemyjewellery.ie

Social: Facebook | Instagram

“I have been working as a Goldsmith since leaving School in 1986. Having served an apprenticeship in Dublin and worked in the business of Jewellery repairs for 9 years I amassed invaluable experience and knowledge of the many areas of precious metal Jewellery, its construction and design. After some additional training with the Crafts Council of Ireland I have since concentrated on the specific area of Bespoke Design and become one of the foremost Goldsmiths in this particular field where I offer Clients a true custom made and personalized experience.” Brian J Eiffe

15 Fantastic Designers and Makers Based in Kildare, Ireland - Alchemy Jewellery

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