The Gift Shop at Seamus Heaney HomePlace contains a wide selection of high quality and hand selected items produced by local crafters and Seamus Heaney HomePlace branded merchandise.
Meet The Maker
Helen Shearer lives and works with her husband Rory Shearer in rural Co. Antrim. Rory is a potter and together they run R & H Shearer Ceramics.
The inspiration for Helen’s ceramic pieces comes from a love of organics shapes, colour, texture and pattern. She enjoys drawing and often sketches the plants and creatures found in the countryside surrounding her home. These are then interpreted in her pieces.
‘Porcelain is my media of choice, it is soft and malleable and I love that it can pick up all the tiny detail in my work. My framed porcelain illustrations are simply drawings in clay. The lines are incised and layers of oxide wash and under-glaze colour add life to the drawing. I use a ‘slow’ process to create my work. I get so much enjoyment from the making process and I like that each piece I make is entirely hand-made and individual.
Blueram is an artisan knitting business on the North Coast of Ireland and home to where Rosalind Shaw creates a range of luxurious hand-loomed accessories. Authentic sourcing of Irish fleece and the use of organic dyes create unique, naturally soft, timeless and environmentally friendly fashion statements which connect the wearer with the land.
Both wool and alpaca fleece have the advantage of being sustainable and renewable sources, with the alpaca also having a light environmental footprint. Blueram’s fleece is sourced from as far afield as the Glens of Antrim to Co. Kildare, where Rosalind meets with the farmers to sort and collect their newly sheared fleece.
A textile designer, educator and founder of ‘Artybird’, Donna Lynch Artybird produces original hand-felted pictures and products that incorporate the traditional technique of wet felting and needle punching.
Born and bred in Heaney country where she still lives, Donna attended Anahorish Primary School, as did Seamus Heaney. The places described in his poetry are very familiar to Donna and her work is similarly inspired by the surrounding landscape and her childhood memories.
“Seamus Heaney’s poetry conjures up my own childhood memories of blackberry picking with my Great Aunt Sara and family gatherings at Granny’s farm on the Leitrim Road, not to mention the annual pilgrimage to Church Island”.
Based in Antrim town, Liz Corrigan is a fashion designer/master tailor who specialises in designing and handcrafting a range of products, using 'Flax Mill' hand woven Linen made in Northern Ireland. "Irish Linen is a major part of our heritage, it was and still is the best in the world. My Great grandfather was a trailer and my Grandmother was a Linen Damask weaver, so it's in my genes."
Liz is inspired by the rustic colours, mythical history and traditions of the Irish countryside, and she brings this across in the attention to detail in her bespoke creations which have been sent across the globe.
As a carpenter for over 30 years, the art of woodturning has become a passion, pride and a labour of love for Pat. Building on his existing knowledge of different woods and their characteristics and qualities, he spends much of his time learning and perfecting his wordturning skills to the high standard you can see in his pens.