There are many talented artisans at Russborough House & Parklands. Please refer to each artisan’s own individual section as featured below.

Stonemasons

Design duo Hennessy & Byrne creates tableware and giftware from indigenous Irish stone such as Connemara marble, Kilkenny limestone, and Wicklow granite.


Building on a family tradition that spans more than half a century, they design and handcraft their products in the newly established Hennessy & Byrne marble works in the west courtyard of Russborough House.

The Hennessy & Byrne Range

Each piece is handcrafted by Eric Byrne, a second generation stonemason with more than 20 years of experience working with the finest marble and granite from all over the world. The range includes:

  • Elegant Marble Cheese Boards
  • Serving Platters
  • Serving Utensils
  • Cutlery Items
  • Napkin Holders
  • Condiment Sets
  • Clocks

“I have always had a passion for Irish stone, whether it’s the swirling veins and bands of green and sepia in Connemara marble, the lustrous black shades of Kilkenny limestone or the silver flecks of mica characteristic of the Dublin/Wicklow granite. The ancient Irish stone used in our work was formed up to 900 million years ago, a fact which drives us in our efforts to capture the essence and beauty of these hidden treasures of nature in order to create truly unique gifts.”

Eric Byrne

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Calnan & Anhøj Blacksmiths

Winners of the 2011 RDS National Crafts Competition in the traditional metalwork category, Calnan & Anhøj hand-forge steel and bronze using the traditional techniques of the blacksmith.


They create unique sculptural pieces
for the garden, home, and public spaces.


Blacksmithing Course

You are able to bring home your own creation with the help of highly skilled blacksmiths accredited by the Royal Dublin Society and the Worshipful Company of
Blacksmiths (UK).


These reputable courses run on Saturdays and Sundays all year round.

“I am originally Danish. My favourite thing about being at Russborough is the sense of centuries of workers going about their trades, keeping this grand old house going alongside living their own lives.”

Gunvor Anhøj

“It’s inspiring being located at Russborough; the surrounding nature, the scenery, the early morning tranquillity or the remnants of an energy still apparent in the array of outbuildings that each played an integral part in Russborough life.”

Michael Calnan

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Eamonn Heffernan, Wood Sculptor

Eamonn is a Co. Wicklow-based wood sculptor. He designs both abstract and traditional figures, however specialises in Irish bog oak. 

He takes equal pride in its preparation, sculpting, and also the final presentation of the product. Removing oak from the bog is only beginning of a three-year process.


Eamonn and Hervé, the woodturner, share their space in Russborough on a week-on, week-off basis and balance their work to equally share their creations with us at Russborough.

“I love the inspiration from other artists here.
Although we’re all different, we inspire each other and we all feel an artistic
connection.”

Eamonn Heffernan

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Evelyn, Our Arty Weaver

Evelyn makes unique, handcrafted hats and shawls and her work is all about colour.


Having studied Fine Art at college, she discovered a real passion for the role that colour plays in drawing and oil painting.


Evelyn carries that love of colour through to her craft of hand weaving. She creates a range of individual accessories that allow for you to wrap yourself in colour, literally!

“Making work in Russborough’s unique setting is truly magical and inspiring – it really is the most beautiful place to work. For me, my favourite part of Russborough has to be the library. I adore the tranquil old-world charm of that room and often visualise myself sitting there reading a Graham Greene novel with a roaring fire on a winter afternoon. If you are lucky enough to be visiting the library when the French clock chimes, it is truly magical.”

Evelyn

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Eleanor Swan, Ceramicist

Eleanor Swan is a ceramic artist who is our most recent member of the team of creative artisans at Russborough.


Her work is mainly sculptural and based on
the human form, although she does make her own distinct, fine porcelain vessels. She completed her BA in Ceramics at NCAD in 2006 and an MA in Ceramic Design in 2010.

She has exhibited widely in Ireland and the USA and her work is in many public and private collections including:

  • OPW
  • The National Museum of Ireland
  • Collins Barracks
  • Porcelain Museum in Riga, Latvia
  • International Ceramic Museum in Jingdezhen, China

Karen, Candlemaker

Candlemaker and organic farmer Karen has been making candles at Russborough for the last three years.

She gets her inspiration from the beautiful views of the mountains and lakes surrounding Russborough. In her little studio outside in the corner of the car park you’ll find her beavering away with hot wax and vibrant colours, creating everything from fruit baskets of apples and oranges to entwined lovers.


Paintings, Photography, and Craft from West Wicklow


Cruthú West Wicklow Art and Craft Group was established in 2006 with a mission to encourage the establishment of a community of artistic people to provide a base for people who practice or have an interest in the arts. It was also to provide a platform for individuals to link with other like-minded souls. The ethos of the group is to be available to:


Nurture – Encourage – Respect – Advance – Support

Assist – Enable – Guide – Share – Promote – Facilitate

The Home of Cruthú

Since 2010, Cruthú has had its home at Russborough. Members engage in their chosen artistic medium in both small and large ways, however at Russborough they can come together to create something even better. Their studio in Russborough enables them to exhibit and work onsite, and is the base for arranging other group activities such as field trips, artistic outings, and social events.


Become a Member

Russborough itself offers inspiration to the artistic soul and is a gateway to the splendid Wicklow landscape where our members find so much creative  inspiration.


We welcome enquiries from members of the public about membership.

“Feel free to pop by and say hello anytime with the exception of Thursday mornings when I magically transform into an organic farmer! Enjoy Russborough. It’s a magical place to be.”

Karen

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WergiWood by Hervé de Wergifosse, Woodturner

Though he has been designing, turning, and producing unique pieces for more
than 20 years, Hervé has been working with wood professionally for more than
five years.


WergiWood creates a wide range of bowls, candle holders, cheese boards, and decorative Items for your home in addition to beautiful bird houses – ideal abodes for our nesting friends in all seasons – and carved timber house signs. He is also available for bespoke commissions for awards, presentations, and for special occasions. 


A Smooth Process

Hervé sources most of his timber in special places such as Russborough House, Ballinascorney Estates, and the Maudlins in Naas. He handles the whole process from the tree trunk through to the finished product using his own timber-drying facilities, which allows for a quick turnaround time.

“Our belief is that more than any material, timber has a soul. Each fibre contains a personal history, as time and nature have fashioned its colour, grain, and texture. From
log to art piece, the wood turner's gouge reveals the nature and beauty of the wood, giving a new life to century-old Irish trees. It is a privilege to have created unique pieces of work to be enjoyed by you for many years to come.”

Hervé de Wergifosse

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