Clare is a keen craft-worker focusing on many elements from glass to silk, stained glass, clay, jewellery and of course mosaic.
C lare runs classes in art & craft at her workshop in Ennis for adults and children whereby participants can develop their creative side in a relaxed friendly environment. Participants are introduced to a wide variety of disciplines at the beginning of a course and thereafter Clare encourages each person to explore these activities further at their own pace under her supervision. Clare also runs the sessions in such a way so they become ‘Student Centered’ over time – meaning each individual participant will mould ‘their ‘ session to suit them. – Some people find that they prefer one discipline over another and therefore may wish to do Silk Painting only and that is perfectly fine – it is their ‘time out’.
C lare is also a trained Montessori teacher who ran her own crèche and Montessori school in Dublin. Clare has also worked for the department of education whereby she tutored primary school teachers, whilst adhering to the curriculum as set out by the department, in mosaic and other art & crafts. During school holidays Clare runs camps for children aged 4 yrs up to 13yrs. Clare keeps the groups small so each child gets plenty of attention. Activities include drawing and painting, clay modelling, beading, mosaic, glass and silk painting, nail art, fimo and lots more…
W hile Clare has a knowledge of many artistic disciplines her main passion is for mosaic. Clare has done many corporate as well as private commissions; – A piece of Mosaic can really brighten up a company lobby or hospital garden. Clare loves the ‘Permanance’ of mosaic- A piece of mosaic art will outlive us all – Just take a look at the many examples in churches around Europe – Rome and Barcelona hosts many famous pieces of mosaic going back through the ages! Among commissions that Clare has undertaken include a commemorative piece for a local school on their 150th birthday – and in doing so created a piece of history in itself by the virtue of the fact that each child in the school was invited to place a piece of tesserae on the piece under Clare’s supervision- — —-‘Something to show the Grandkids’!
C lare has been an active member of the ‘Clare Crafts’ – who recently launched their new logo witnessed by local dignataries including the mayor of Clare and a representative from the Crafts Council of Ireland. Clare Crafts is an association of Craftworkers in Co. Clare and surrounding areas, whereby Clare was involved in the organisation and participation of local craft fairs. Clare has exhibited in many venues in the West and also with the ‘Woods at Work’ exhibition, which is run yearly in Dublin.