Thursday, 19 May 2011

The Design Tower Summer School 2011

Housed in an old sugar refinery in Dublin’s' Grand Canal Basin, The Design Tower is home to a variety of award-winning designers, artists and craftspeople.

This June you will be able  to learn skills directly from the professionals, in their studios in small intimate classes. These classes are aimed at artists and those with creative backgrounds. We welcome the chance to challenge and widen students creativity- in a range of disciplines.

Classes are small so please book now to avoid disappointment. Contact details are specific to each class. Free parking is available.

Here are the details of the seven courses on offer - 


Liz was awarded the RHA Conor/Moran Sculpture Medal in 2007 and the Oireachtas/CAST Sculpture Prize in 2000.

Collectors of her work include the International Rugby Board, the Irish Rugby Football Union, The National Concert Hall, Belfast City Hall and New York New York Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.

Public pieces include life size bronze sculpture of world famous Irish tenor, Count John McCormack, in Dublin's Iveagh Gardens, and champion Irish greyhound Mick the Miller, in Killeigh, County Offaly.

Sculptor Liz O'Kane is running a weekend course in portrait sculpture with live model in her studio. Running over two weekends, 11/12th and 18/19 June, the course will consist of 8 x three hour sessions. The course will be intensive, suitable for all levels from beginners, to those with experience. Students will have finished portrait head by end of course.

Dates - 11/12th and 18/19 June
Price - €390
Deposit 50%.
Times - 10 am to 5 pm daily
Places - Four places available
Contact - 0879174947, email:,

For more information, visit Liz's website.

Clay is included in course cost.  Armatures and modelling stands are provided and can be purchased at end of class at cost price of €20.


Roisin Gartland is an award winning designer and conceptual artist. She works to commission, and fashions unique pieces for individuals and costume pieces for stage and film. She has just completed an MFA at the NCAD, and her work is in several collection nationally and internationally.

The aim of this initiative is to open the studio to another type of experience. Workshop participants have the opportunity to design their own unique piece and proceed to realise their creations under Róisín’s guidance. It will be a challenging 2 days so be prepared!

Choice of beautiful leathers. All equipment supplied

Dates:  25/26th June /  02/03rd July
Times: 10am to 6 pm
Price: €300 including materials per two day workshop
Deposit 50%
Places: 5 per workshop   
Contact: 087 2490984 / email -
For more information visit Roisin's website.


Lee Harding and Sé O'Donoghue are two goldsmiths who set up their studio in 2000 after extensive experience working in studios in Ireland and abroad. They regularly organize exhibits for the annual Design Week Festival showcasing the
best of Irish design and jewellery makers, and have been published among the best collections of international designer jewellery.

Each workshop will begin with a first day of wax carving and exploring shape and form, and preparing a wax for casting.

The second weekend, the group will have their rough-cast form in precious metal and will clean and finish the object to a finished piece of jewellery. The aim of the workshop is that each person will be guided through creating a piece of jewellery from start to finish, and will have their own piece of jewellery at the end to take with them, either a ring, a pendant or a brooch.

Dates -The workshop will be comprised of one day each weekend, ie;
Workshop 1:  Saturday 18th & Saturday 25th June
Workshop 2:  Sunday 19th & Sunday 26th June
Times - 10 to 5.
Price - €335 and covers 2 days tuition, casting, & silver material
Deposit – 50%
Places -  3 in each workshop.
Contact -
For more information, visit the Da Capo website.

SILVERSMITHING - MAKING A BOWL with silversmith Seamus Gill.

Séamus Gill is one of Ireland’s leading silversmiths. He has been commissioned by many of Ireland's companies and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Most recently he exhibited as one of the “Ten Masters” of British silver.

Séamus Gill will give a weekend workshop on Silversmithing, the art of moving a flat sheet of metal into an elegant three dimensional form. On this course students will be shown how to use traditional skills to hammer a flat disc of metal into the shape of a bowl.

Techniques covered will include sinking, raising, annealing and some soldering.
Because of the high cost of silver, gilding metal will be used on this course but students are welcome to buy their own silver if they wish to make a piece in silver.

This course is suitable for those with a basic understanding of metalworking who wish to expand into the area of forming metal by using silversmithing techniques, or for those who wish to improve on their silversmithing skills.

Dates - 18 and 19 June
Time - 10am to 5pm
Price  - € 230 incl materials
Deposit 50%
Places  - 4
Contact  - 01 677 5701
For more information visit Seamus Gill's website.

MODEL AND CAST IN CIMENT FONDU with sculptor Ayelet Lalor.

Ayelet Lalor (MA in ceramics)  has built a career in ceramic sculpture over the past 13 years. She specialises in figurative sculpture and works in a range of materials including clay, bronze and concrete. She has been responsible for numerous commissions, both private and corporate, including Percent for Art. She has work in many collections including the OPW and Limerick City Gallery.

Over the two day workshop students will be brought through the process from clay model to creating a mould and finishing with a cast version of the model in ciment fondu and/or plaster.

The student will learn to create and finish a clay relief model up to an aprox size of 10 x 16”. This is the basis for the cast, and the process will continue with the creation of  a silicone rubber   and plaster mould, to finally casting their original design in ciment fondu. Once the mould has been completed it can be used for numerous castings in various materials, wax, plaster, etc. This course is most suitable for those with an artistic and /or sculptural backround.

Ayelet will also be teaching a 2 part silicon mould making course using the students existing work on the 02/03 July. Contact her for further details.

Dates:  18/19th June  / 25/26th June
Price: €230 incl materials per 2 day workshop
Deposit 50%.                                                                                                               Places: 5 per workshop
Times: 10am to 5 pm 
Contact: 087 6485856 / email   -
For more information visit Ayelet's website.                                                    

DESIGN AND JEWELLERY SKILLS with Jeweller and Designer Breda Haugh.

Breda Haugh is an award winning Jewellery designer and maker. Her work is retailed through leading retail outlets and the National Museum of Ireland. She also undertakes commissions, corporate work and undertakes exhibition work.

This workshop will show the student how to develop an idea and make a piece of Jewellery. Students will be brought through stages of research and planning involved in designing a piece of jewellery such as a ring or pendant. The resulting idea will be made into a piece of jewellery over the period of the two day workshop using basic handskills.

Drawing equipment, Tools and silver and some other materials will be provided. Each student’s particular needs and abilities will be catered to. This course is suitable for all levels, but an interest in Jewellery and some knowledge of working in metals would be an advantage.

Dates - 18 and 19 June and 25 and 26 June
Time - 10am to 5pm
Price - € 280.00 including materials- silver and drawing equipment ,
Deposit 50%
Places – 3
Contact - 01 6705738
For more information visit Breda's website.

PAPERMAKING with paper conservationist Pat McBride

Pat McBride has been working with paper for over twenty five years. Having established the Paper Conservation Studio in 1985, he has been responsible for the conservation and preservation of a huge range of paper based art from watercolours prints and drawings to a range of ephemera materials. Since its conception, the Studio has been involved with a vast range of paper making projects. Core to paper conservation is a fundamental understanding of the hand papermaking process and it is this knowledge that will be imparted to participants who undertake this course.

This two day workshop will introduce participants to the history and theory of hand papermaking and will have them make a variety of different types of handmade paper.

This would include traditional rag based writing paper; paper made from recycled paper and handmade paper with floral and plant additions. The hand made paper would then be finished so that it can be used for specific purposes such as drawing, writing or collage use.

Participants who undertake this course will at the end of the workshop have a variety of papers made and finished and will have the skills necessary to continue making paper on their own.

All materials supplied and it is suitable for all levels

Dates - 25th and 26th June
Price - €250, deposit 50%.
Deposit – 50%
Times -10am till 4pm
Places - 5
Contact - 086 2451318

* Spaces are limited on these courses so we advise you to book quickly!

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