Original Kerry is a professional craft maker’s network promoting and showcasing excellence in craft from County Kerry. Kerry Craft and Design Education Limited is the not-for-profit entity trading as Original Kerry. The company is registered in Ireland.
Membership of Original Kerry offers you: promotion under the umbrella brand, peer support from fellow members, listing on the Craft Trail Brochure, online listing in www.originalkerry.com, access to network information, events, trading opportunities, training days, financial supports for trade events and retail opportunities in our pop-up and permanent shops.
We are conscious that makers’ time and resources are precious and hold one general meeting a year. At the meeting makers are updated on the previous year’s business and appraised of proposals for the coming year. Original Kerry is a maker based organisation and all board members are makers themselves. Suggestions and offers of help are welcome at the AGM and the organisation aspires to develop in accordance with the wishes of the membership as much as is feasible.
Membership fee for 2019 is €200 which will be payable on acceptance.
We are aware that the word ‘craft’ is open to interpretation and definitions of the term vary. For the purposes of membership, Original Kerry defines craft as utilitarian work made using traditional techniques by hand or in small cottage industries.
Unfortunately Original Kerry does not currently accept membership from makers of fine art: painting sculpture and print.
In the interest of fairness and transparency, applications submitted for Original Kerry membership are sent to external adjudicators who evaluate applicants in terms of design and artistic merit, technical ability and marketability.
In returning the application you agree to abide by the decision of the external assessors.
To join Original Kerry please Download the Application Form and return to:
C/O Colleen Bowler,