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Irish craftspeople have  “Ireland’s Creative Expo” and we have “Citizens of Craft”


The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland is a wonderful example of what a national craft council can do for their artisan community. Their mission is simply this:

“As the national economic organisation for the design and craft industry in Ireland,
our mission is to promote its creative and commercial potential.”

Promoting  their artisans’ potential is exactly what they do, through “a range of programmes, supports and services for designers and craftspeople, learners and teachers, retailers and gallerists, shoppers and collectors, media and partner organisations in order to raise the standard and profile of Irish design and craft.”

  • They have “over 60 member organisations and over 3,180 registered clients. You can view the Public Directory of Craftspeople where you can search for registered makers (who have opted to be listed in the public craft directory) by name, county, product and discipline as well as samples of their work.”


  • The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland liaises with more than 120 retail shops around Ireland to source and promote Irish made craft and design products.


  • Every January they run an event called Showcase which “attracts over 5,000 trade buyers from all over Ireland and 26 countries around the world.” They recommend this show for all craft enterprises wishing to wholesale their products to the domestic market.


  • They promote their craftspeoeple through several retailers and other events  – take a look at what a craft council can provide to its artisan community.


Here are some of the things they do for their craftspeople:

“Our market development programmes are designed to help selected designer / makers find the right markets for their products through retailers, galleries, trade fairs and craft and design events in Ireland or overseas.”

Sell in Ireland

Selected opportunities and guidance for selling your products in Ireland, via retailers or directly to the public.

Sell Overseas

See DCCoI’s targeted programmes for selected makers to sell overseas.

Work with Galleries

Our Irish Craft Portfolio programme provides a valuable marketing tool for craftspeople and designer makers who produce one-off or limited edition work of the highest design standards and technical skill.

See What Works

Discover how other Irish designer makers are successfully marketing their products at home and abroad.

Register with Us

If you already sell through shops, fairs or galleries then register with DCCoI to participate in our programmes, join in events and receive CRAFTlink, our industry ezine.


It’s amazing what they do for their artisans. They help them develop their business and provide assistance with marketing and selling. They run promotional events and diligently advocate for their artisans.

They host Ireland’s Creative Expo®  for retailers “to discover unique, design-led fashion and knitwear, jewellery, craft, gift and interiors.”  The show attracts buyers and press from Ireland and around the world…….. For 2017, we anticipate an audience of 5,000 visitors.”


They publish their Service Charter:

DCCoI is committed to providing a positive customer experience to all those who interact with us. As a current or potential customer (i.e. member of the public, registered client or membership organisation) of DCCoI you can expect us:

  • To provide relevant and timely information and services.
  • To treat all current or potential customers courteously, at all times being fair, polite, respectful and professional.
  • To consult our customers regularly to obtain constructive feedback on our services.
  • To act promptly and efficiently in our dealings with customers, being clear about what action will be taken and when.
  • To adhere to quality and procedural guidelines – they exist to ensure good practice and are for the benefit of both customers and staff.
  • To ensure our staff are professional in their work practices.

I could go on, and I probably will in future posts, but I hope you will read through their website to discover what a national crafts council should look like. The craft community in Ireland has a huge advantage over artisans in Canadian …..they have their Design and Crafts Council and we have a series of relatively disconnected provincial craft councils who try to work together through competing events and dolling out grants to a few lucky artisans who dedicate the time to jump through all the necessary hoops (taking time away from their craft).

To sum it up – they have “Ireland’s Creative Expo” and we have “Citizens of Craft”. Did I mention that the Irish site and service is free? No membership fees!