Artisans Of Russborough

Eleanor Swan Ceramics

Based in the west courtyard, Eleanor's ceramic practice is an exploration of ceramics for the senses. Her work is mainly sculptural and relates to the human form. She also makes her own distinct, fine porcelain vessels. She completed her BA in Ceramics at NCAD in 2006 and an MA in Ceramic Design in 2010. Eleanor was awarded the bronze medal at the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale in 2016 and has recently completed a residency there. Her work can be found in many public and private collections.

Eleanor sells a range of products from sculptural pieces to bowls, nightlights and tableware. 


Phone: +353 (0)87 2875616

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Hennessy & Byrne Stonemasons

Design duo Hennessy & Byrne create 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 their newly established marble works studio in the west courtyard. 

Each piece is handcrafted by Eric Byrne, a second generation stonemason with more than twenty 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; napkin holders; condiment sets; clocks.

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Calnan & Anhøj Blacksmiths

Sculpture and awards by blacksmith artists Michael Calnan & Gunvor Anhøj. Based in the grounds of Russborough where they forge bronze, iron and steel. Shop for Irish designed & made sculpture and buy direct from the maker by visiting them at the atmospheric forge and gallery in the west courtyard. 

Small and exclusive, uniquely handcrafted artisan gifts to bring to a wedding or other milestone event are are crafted by the pair. Recent commissions include designing and creating the 'The Saint Patrick' for the New York City Saint Patrick Day Foundation. 

Michael and Gunvor also run hugely successful and enjoyable 'Make it Yourself' workshops throughout the year. 

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Eamonn Heffernan, Wood Sculptor

Eamonn's wood sculpting studio is located in the East Wing courtyard at Russborough, where he designs and makes both abstract and traditional figures with a particular specialism in bog-oak. He is intrigued by the timeless quality of the locally sourced bog oak and takes pride in its preparation, sculpting and presentation of the product in equal measure, a process that takes almost three years following removal from the bog. Eamonn harnesses the natural sculptural qualities of the bogwood together with its intricate form and patterning to reveal its timeless nature, producing unique pieces and specialised commissions.

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

Eamonn Heffernan

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Cruthú: Paintings, Photography & Craft from West Wicklow

Since 2010,  Cruthú has had its home at Russborough. Members engage in their chosen artistic medium in both small and large ways and at Russborough they 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.

Cruthú 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. 

We welcome enquiries from members of the public about membership.

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