Two Wexford artists have been announced as recipients of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's (DCCoI) Future Makers Awards & Supports, one of the largest prize-funded award programmes in Europe for students and emerging makers.
Jewellery maker Sandra Hartwieg and glass artist Sinead Brennan received the Studio Support award of €1,000 each.
Sandra's work was described by the judges as having been 'executed with high level of craftsmanship, while they said Sinead's unique pieces were illustrated with 'hidden meaning and messages from everyday life'.
The Future Makers Awards & Supports programme was established by DCCoI in 2009 to assist and invest in the next generation of Irish designers and makers at a key stage in their professional development.
A total of 191 people applied for the awards, and certificates were presented to 22 successful applicants at a ceremony in the Westbury Hotel in Dublin by Craft Council chairperson Breege O'Donoghue.
Using traditional and contemporary techniques as well as imagination and innovation, the successful applicants come from a broad range of disciplines, from glass making and fashion to ceramics and jewellery making.