The annual Louth Craftmark Winter Fair

Every year at this time, I love to take part in the Louth Craftmark Winter Fair. Now in its fourth year, the fair has always taken place in the beautiful Bellurgan House, just outside Dundalk.  Transformed into a winter wonderland, with holly and spruce garlands and hundreds of fairy lights, it always announces the arrival of the festive season in style!

This year, due to the Covid restrictions, we couldn’t hold the fair in the normal way. But the crew at Louth Craftmark are nothing if not inventive, and rather than abandon it, we decided to hold a virtual fair instead. This meant that, thanks to technology, participants could invite visitors into their work spaces, studios, galleries or homes, and chat about what they do, and why they do it!

I was delighted to take part, and decorated my beloved old forge as if I was actually at Bellurgan House. It took quite a while to get the place tidied up, and I had numerous LEDs and fairy lights festooned around the place.  It was really a pleasure to introduce visitors to my studio, tell a little bit of the history of the forge, and of course, to show off my fused glass.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can still watch it here!