After the success of the tv series last year, RTÉ have begun the search for the new Craft Master! The disciplines last year didn’t include jewellery or silversmithing but I’m delighted to announce that they have rectified this omission!
There are five categories under which you can apply: Millinery, Knitting, Basketry, Furniture and Jewellery. The rules state that you must be an amateur (not making a living from your craft) and must have foundation skills in one of the above crafts. If you are successful in your application you are awarded a week long residence with a master craftsperson to further develop and refine your skills. From what I remember of last year there were three people selected from each craft to attend the week long master class. Each week one of these is chosen to go on to the final and hopefully be crowned Craft Master. The winner is given an exhibition space at Showcase Ireland Creative Expo 2013. After exhibiting at Showcase last year I can highly recommend it as a great opportunity to further your business.
If you are involved in any of the above disciplines and want to bring your skill to the next level have a look at the Craft Master application but hurry the closing date is 6th June… Good luck!