Niamh Flynn, NCAD

Niamh Flynn, NCADFuture Makers

If proof were needed that Ireland is bursting with design talent, there was proof aplenty at the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's Future Makers awards.

Launched by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) in 2009, The Future Makers Awards & Supports programme assists students and recent graduates of craft- and design-based studies.

This year there was a record 191 online applications, which judges Claudia Casali, Director of International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy and Philip Hamilton, Creative Director of Perch, Dublin, whittled down to a shortlist of 41.

In total 22 applicants, working across a broad range of disciplines from fashion and jewellery making to ceramics and glass, were honoured at an event in Dublin's Westbury Hotel.

Emerging Maker

In the Emerging Maker category, the Future Maker of the Year Award 2018 went to glass artist Aoife May Soden. A Cavan native, now based in Denmark, Soden’s work was praised for its colour and the use of traditional glass skills.

Aoife May Soden

Aoife May Soden

The Design Award was presented to Edward Coveney and Esther Gerrard of Dublin-based design practice Elements of Action for their “clean, finished, refined designs”.

Elements of Action

Elements of Action

Other winners in the Emerging Maker category included: 

Sandra Hartwieg

Sandra Hartwieg

Sinead Brennan

Sinead Brennan

Student Category

Bonnie Kavanagh, who is studying for a BA Fine Art in Glass and Ceramics at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) took home the Future Makers Student of the Year Award 2018.

Bonnie Kavanagh, NCAD

Bonnie Kavanagh, NCAD

Lily Read,  DCCoI

Lily Read, DCCoI

The Design Award went to jewellery student Lily Read, with the judges acknowledging her "fresh approach".

Other winners in the Student Category included 

Egle Banyte, University of Ulster

Egle Banyte, University of Ulster

Kieran McNeely, GMIT Letterfrack

Kieran McNeely, GMIT Letterfrack

Future Makers is one of the largest prize-funded award programmes in Europe for students and emerging makers. In total, this year's winners received €23,500 in funding, which will go towards helping them achieve success in their chosen field.

Watch this space.

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