Maker Interviews // Generation

Full knowledge cannot be transferred solely through the sharing of information; it must be kept alive and passed on through the experience of making. Daniel Charny, Power of Making

Hugo Byrne, Santoku knifeHugo Byrne
My parents have given me the knowledge and reassurance that going through life as a maker, or contributing to the world in this way, is fun and stimulating. Failures must be celebrated with successes; it’s an essential part of the game. Read full interview

Róisín de Buitléar, Channel/Sound, Lift/Sound 2019

Róisín de Buitléar
Previous generations of makers within my family have given me an appreciation of what we have around us, how we can use our own resources and how much we can learn from the past to understand the present; these are essential ingredients in my inherited skillset. Read full interview

Mark Campden, Lustreware Bowls, 2020Mark Campden
I never expected to start making lustre pottery until my mother gave me my father’s notes. This sent me down a challenging path. Inherited skills are very important; in fact some crafts have only survived because of them. I feel an added sense of responsibility to retain the skills I have inherited especially as the technique in question, reduced pigment lustre, is in decline and practiced by so few people. Read full interview

Ryan Connolly
My father found his niche as a furniture maker, creating a successful business making domestic furniture, in the 1970s / 80s Ireland; there wasn’t room for anything except function. If you took the time to make something with your hands, it was made to last. Nothing was wasted. Everything had a use and if not for today, then someday. Values are different nowadays, but if I can continue to incorporate my father's values in my own work I feel I will stay on a sustainable path. Read full interview

Mourne Textiles, Natural Woven RugsMourne Textiles, Mario Sierra
From as far back as I can remember I have had looms in my life, from the age of 7 we lived in a  small house attached to the workshop. After school the workshop would become my playground. There is nowhere I feel more at home than in the workshop surrounded by our  looms, piles of yarn and the smell of the lanolin in wool.  To quote Mario's grandmother Gerd Hay-Edie Out of the past flows the future, 1956. 

Cara Murphy, A Sense of Place 2019Cara Murphy
The relationship that exists between existing generations of makers within our family is very important, particularly as we are individual makers. It is a continual sounding board that allows us to question our practice. Read full interview

Álla Sinkevch, Existental Nomad, Dome Coats - Group of 3, 2018Álla Sinkevich
I was always surrounded by the handmade; objects that existed out of pure necessity. Previous generations of makers within my own family had a deep respect for natural materials, design for purpose and resourcefulness. Read full interview

Katharine West, Extended Matter # IIKatharine West
My commitment to making was nurtured in early childhood. It was a method of amusement, absorption and experimentation. It then became a discipline, which had to be pushed, challenged and developed in adulthood. Read full interview