These Irish-made pieces for your home will help mix up your interior this summer
From hand-made ceramic cups to unique fine art prints, these previous Irish Made Awards Home Category winners and runners-up will lighten up your home. Whether you’re looking for outdoor accessories for your garden parties or want special homeware for dinner parties, shop Irish and appreciate the craftsmanship in each piece.
We are thrilled to welcome Avoca Ireland back to the Irish Made Awards 2023 as our Home Category sponsor. Avoca is home to the oldest working woollen mill in Ireland and is one of the world’s oldest manufacturing companies. With 14 locations around the country, it is one of Ireland’s most exciting retail stores, with ceramics, clothing, perfumes, soaps and more available from their own design studio.
Director of Marketing, Creative & Buying at Avoca, Maoliosa Connell said: “This year, Avoca is celebrating a very significant milestone; 300 years as Ireland’s oldest weaving mill. Avoca as a brand remains connected to our craft and is immensely proud of our heritage. That is why we are so happy to be back again for the third year in a row sponsoring the Irish Made awards.
“Supporting as many artisan Irish suppliers as possible across food and retail is at the heart of all that we do, and we are proud to stock so many talented makers which our customers have grown to love.”
Meet the past Home winners and runners-up of the Irish Made Awards
Niamh Gillespie: The winner of the Home Category last year was artist Niamh Gillespie of Tidings, based on the coastline in Dunany, Co Louth. Her prints are hand-drawn, then painted before being scanned and manipulated digitally to create screens for her limited edition screen prints or digital files for her Giclee prints. The Tidal collection inspired by the Irish coastline sees Niamh exploring a more expressive and brighter style, with optimistic colours. The resulting unique, textural and stylised prints have caught the attention of customers and media worldwide, bringing vitality and energy to any home interior. She has also been commissioned to create pieces for fine dining restaurants and hotels in Ireland, as her pieces are recognised for their celebration of Ireland’s stunning natural beauty.
Vivien O’Malley Ceramics: Our 2021 Irish Made Award winner was Vivien O’Malley Ceramics. Vivien creates a series of bowls and bottles inspired by the Irish landscape, the blues of the ocean and the greens of moss. Created in Dunhill, Co Waterford, Vivien’s work features unique glazes, stoneware and porcelain, evoking a different response from each clay.
Criostal na Rinne: Our 2020 Irish Made award winner was Criostal na Rinne, a crystal studio workshop situated in Ireland’s Ancient East. Eamonn Terry, a master craftsman glass cutter with over 50 years’ experience started producing Irish crystal of breath-taking quality and beauty in 1987. Enjoy your cocktails in these stunning crystal gin glasses.
Arran Street East: Our 2019 Irish Made Award winner and Overall Winer was Arran Street East. The artisanal lifestyle brand designs and makes simple and beautiful ceramic tableware. Their studio is located in Dublin, where they make hand-thrown products that are authentic, with provenance and originality. Their homeware is for people who enjoy simple, functional, and beautiful objects. Enjoy your morning espresso in these gorgeous cups.
Etain Hickey: Etain Hickey, who was our 2018 Home winner, is a ceramic artist who creates individual pieces. Her work has been widely exhibited both in Ireland and abroad as far afield as San Francisco and Tokyo and is in many public and private collections. If you’re looking for a gift or something special, purchase these those one-of-a-kind ceramics.
The Sheepish Dog: This County Mayo business was the runner-up in 2022. Creating high quality pet beds using sustainably sourced and produced wool, they make all of their designs in Newport.
Rawsaol: The 2021 runner up was Rawsaol designs and manufactures contemporary Irish fire pits that are portable and easy to store. Made using recycled raw steel to create a product that will last a lifetime. Each piece is designed in Carlow and made in Kildare.
Jill & Gill: Our 2020 runner-up for the Irish Made awards was Jill & Gill, a brand with a fresh approach to illustration and print across fine art, fashion and design. They aim to create meaningful and impactful products and experiences that give a sense of value in what it means to invest in Irish design.
Wildbird: Our other runner-up in Home in 2020 was Wildbird Studio, who crafts stained glass for a new generation, drawing on nature, art, history and light. From bespoke panels, geometric terrariums, Victorian botanical frames to minimalist lighting, choose a favourite piece for your home this summer. Light up your room with this unique glass lamp.