Welcome to Grennan Mill Craft School

Established in 1981

Grennan Mill Craft School is housed in an 18th century grain mill, The Island Mill, on the banks of the River Nore in Thomastown, County Kilkenny. The grain lofts of the mill have been converted into spacious and well equipped craft/art studios. The location is part of the charm in providing inspiration and a unique ambience to work in. The school was set up in 1981 and has now established itself as an important centre of study in the crafts area and attracts students from all over Ireland and further afield.

It offers a wide range of courses: two Post Leaving Certificate Courses with QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) Certification in Art, Craft and Design at Level 5 and Art at Level 6, both full time from September to the end of May; a range of Evening Classes take place weekly starting in September and January respectively and a variety of Summer Courses are offered in June and July. The school is run and funded by Grennan College and Kilkenny & Carlow Education & Training Board (KCETB).

Students who are accepted for the full-time course will gain experience and intensive tuition in a broad spectrum of crafts: Batik, Ceramics, Metalcraft, Printmaking, Weaving and Drawing. Courses are practical and coincide with the abilities of the individual. From the outset, Grennan Mill offers a person with talent, aptitude and a genuine desire to learn, a unique opportunity to explore many types of media. This hopefully gives every student the confidence to experiment and explore ideas and broaden their perspective on the work involved in all areas. The completion of the course results in an excellent level of competency in the use of the many tools and varied equipment across the craft spectrum at the Mill.

Many students use Grennan Mill Craft School as an opportunity to discover which area of Art & Craft they excel in, and with facilities like the DCCOI Pottery Skills course adjacent to their own premises, and the DCCOI Jewellery Skills course in nearby Kilkenny city, the opportunity to develop these skills into a viable career afterwards is right on the doorstep.

Other students come to Grennan Mill Craft School to develop a portfolio for submission to their chosen degree course either in Irish art colleges or on the UK mainland. Most students usually score extremely highly with their portfolio as this course seems to be the right choice for those traveling on an Art & Design route. The course also welcomes mature students considering a change of career or pursuing a life’s dream upon retirement.

With alumni reading like a Who’s Who of Irish craft, people like Angela O’ Kelly, Seamus Gill, Remco De Fouw and Stephen Vaughan, ignited their passions for craft a few decades ago in Grennan Mill Craft School.

Grennan Mill 2019 Summer course schedule now available – see the Summer Courses 2019 page for more information.

Latest news from Grennan Mill Craft Scool

Mon Jun 17th, 2019

Grennan Mill Craft School

Places still available!

Weaving Course suitable for Beginners & Improvers

Monday 24th June – Thursday 27th June / 10am-5pm

4 day course - Following a day in the design studio developing ideas, students will create an individual woven piece on a table loom or tapestry frame using a variety of textured coloured yarns. Please bring a notebook and colouring materials for designing. Yarn is provided and included in the basic material fee.

Minimum 6 - Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €280 / Materials Fee €10

For more details please text / phone Weaving Tutor Catherine Ryan on 087 2510586 or email at cryanbain@gmail.com
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Tue Jun 4th, 2019

Grennan Mill Craft School

Places still available!!

Batik suitable for Beginners & Improvers

Friday 14th June – Sunday 16th June / 10am-5.00pm
3 day course – Participants will be introduced to the traditional craft of Batik decorating the fabric using hot wax. It is then dyed, through the process of immersion dyeing - you are welcome to bring along some of your own designs to work from. Students will also create a mandala (various designs supplied) using topical dye.
Minimum 6 - Maximum 8 persons
Course Fee €200 / Materials Fee €20 (materials include fabric, wax & dyes).

For more details please text / phone Batik Tutor Kiri Tulloch on 0862031679 or email at kizzodesign@gmail.com
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Fri May 31st, 2019

Grennan Mill Craft School

Places still available !!!
‘Introduction to Hand Building Pottery’
Thursday 13th-Sunday 16th June
10am-5pm daily.
This 4 day course is a great introduction to working with clay suitable for beginners and improvers.
During the four days you will learn the main hand building techniques such as pinching ,coiling and slab building to create serving dishes, jugs, vases and more. You will also enjoy using decorative techniques using colored slips and underglazes.
Please contact Karen Morgan
0861663691 or info@grennanmillcraftschool.com for further details and booking
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