Irish Association of Craft Teachers (IACT)

I have been a maker and teacher of silver jewellery making for a number of years.
I attended the CCoI Creative Pathways seminar and I would just like to alert all makers and teachers of crafts to some very serious developments that all makers with an interest in teaching their craft should be aware of.
The seminar was held in Kilkenny and the main purpose of the event was to bring all key players together to discuss ways to establish a formal basis for teaching crafts in primary, secondary and third level education.

FAS, City and Guilds, FETAC, VEC, ITC, VTOS, The Teaching Council, HETAC, GMIT and The National Museum of Ireland were all present along with a cross section of crafts people with an interest in teaching crafts.
The only group that was not represented as an organised group was the craft teachers themselves.
There are discussion going on at present in relation to bringing in standards and accreditions that craft teachers as an organised group should be part of.

Teaching of crafts is going to be regulated and we as a group must form a teaching association to protect our interests and represent us in any future developments that concern our livelyhoods.
To this end I intend to set up the Irish Association of Craft Teachers (IACT)
If people wish to help set up this initative please contact me at


If you teach and are interested in setting up this Association of Craft Teachers

in any way, big or small,  please contact Chris at

If this is something that you would like to follow up please use the link here to find out why this is associaiton is important for all craft people and what the craft council of Ireland is moving forward with.

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#1 paula o Reilly on 06.07.10 at 11:17 am

looking for a teacher of wool and material crafts in kells area of co meath or virginia baileboro area of co cavan

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