TWO Waterford artisan makers will be in the spotlight at the Gifted Craft and Design Fair in Cork.
Marie Ronayne, from Ardmore, is an artisan jeweller and Adele Stanley, from Mahon Bridge, is a ceramist. Marie has a huge love for the sea and gives part of the proceeds of her sales to the RNLI.
The waters at Ardmore play a huge inspirational part in both her work and social life, and every morning, whatever the weather, she meets friends for a swim. However, Marie is all too aware of the dangers that the sea can pose.
“I was quite young when I went out fishing with my dad, brother and a few friends and we were quite far from the shore when the engine failed,” she said.
“You are talking about 45 years ago so there were no mobile phones back then. Dad raised a red flag and my mother noticed it from the beach and alerted the RNLI who came to rescue us.”
Marie prides herself on using fair trade materials and is constantly trying to source more sustainable products for use in her workshop.
Adele has recently embarked on a new style of simplicity in her work. Each piece is cast using liquid porcelain, and once the piece is dried and finished, it is painted with layers of coloured slips to create a vivid surface.
Gifted Craft and Design Fair and Art Source Cork take place at the Cit Hall Cork from November 29 to December 1. Full details at giftedcork.ie