In this Sector
The Crafts Industry
Craft goods are those made by hand or with tools, but with minimal heavy automated machinery. This means craft businesses are generally small scale and those who work for them are highly skilled in their trade. Common craft goods include pottery, textiles, jewellery, glass, woodcarvings and prints.
The Irish craft sector is diverse, existing right throughout the country rather than clustering in one or two locations as with many other industries. Many craft businesses are based in rural areas, providing valuable sources of employment and economic activity. Craft products are particularly appealing to tourists, with the tourism industry and craft industry offering each other mutual support.
As craft businesses operate on such a small scale, those running the show will often find themselves calling out a broad set of skills. Sales skills will be needed for selling their work, marketing ability to promote exhibitions and products plus management talent to keep the staff focused. Work experience with an established craftsperson or craft business is a good way to get on the path to a career in the sector.