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Craft Training 2021-05-12T10:12:05+01:00

Stoneware Studios has been providing courses on building conservation and historic building repair for almost 20 years. Unfortunately we have not been able to run courses since March 2020. We feel, keeping in mind government guidelines, and the safety of those who attend our courses and the employees and families of Stoneware Studios, it would be unwise to run group courses at our premises here in Youghal this summer, until all lockdowns are over, as much of the course is conducted inside, in a confined space.

However, we are offering concise 1.5 hour one-on-one sessions for €50 per person on a topic of clients choice where we can control the space and social distancing, so if you wish to get a good thorough, but condensed into a short time frame, knowledge, including a demonstration, on a topic(s) of your choice, then we can do that. Note that these are training courses on the practical application of our, and other, products. We try to be unbiased and will not exclusively promote our products.

Our preferred upcoming dates that can be booked are Thursdays from 20th May to September 30th from either 2pm to 3.30pm or 3.45 pm to 5.15pm. Some time slots have been booked already so please check with us your preferred time before making any arrangements. Due to demand, and limited times, payment is required to hold your time slot. Please contact ,

The topics that we are offering this summer for 1.5 hour one-on-one sessions are:

• Lime plastering and rendering - (lime and sand selection and tips for mixing and application and producing first class work – examples and techniques will be discussed but no demonstration will take place for lime rendering in this concise course).

• Lime pointing -(lime and sand selection, tips for mixing and application with short demonstration)

• Lime washing and breathable paints – (product selection, tips for application and short demonstration)

• Breathable wall insulations – (what actually works – a balanced discussion and recommendations on insulation options for old buildings)

• Floor options in old buildings – (drainage and insulation options under floor, breathable floors and cavity membranes discussed)

Training requirements until then will be met by on-site training where required, and one-to-one training where required.

Please contact us on 024-90117 to discuss your training needs .



In addition to providing a full technical backup service, Stoneware Studios also offer practical courses in craft skills.

Training days are customised to our customers needs whether project specific or general interest. Training is primarily conducted on-site but can also be scheduled at our workshops in Youghal, Co. Cork.

All of our courses are practical, craft training, professionally instructed by the international leaders in the appropriate craft field.

Short, half-day courses are particularly valuable for the contractor embarking on a restoration or conservation project. We also welcome beginners, with no trade experience, who plan to participate or oversee their own restoration project.

Please contact our office to discuss your training requirements.

Stoneware Studios hosted ‘Lime in Renovation’ training day at Ballymaloe Cookery School in East Cork. Blessed with a beautiful sunny day, we were able to give all elements of the course, demonstrations & presentations in the open air. With some great hospitality by Darina Allen and her excellent team the day was very enjoyable.

As a member of the Building Limes Forum Ireland, Stoneware Studios actively participate in the promotion of the use of Lime and other appropriate conservation materials. We regularly attend events, for example in Tramore, Co. Waterford, where over 70 delegates attended a one-day seminar of talks and demonstrations.- for more info.

Conservation Workshops

Time: 9.30am to 1pm

Location: Stoneware Studios, Pillmore, Youghal, Co. Cork

Cost: €50

Repairing a stone wall

Hands-on demonstration on preparing a stone wall for pointing or rendering, mortar selection and mixing, application technique and aftercare. Discussion on topical applications after repairs are complete.

Plastering & Rendering with lime

Instructions on material choice, mixing, application and aftercare using traditional and contemporary lime plastering techniques. Attendees should have basic, or more, experience in plastering.

Insulation in old buildings

Discussion on insulation criteria and targets, insulation options available in the current market , address the benefits and drawbacks of each and give installation instructions on the varied options.

Decoration in old buildings

Discussion and demonstration on the use of Limewash, Silicate paints, casein paint, claypaints and other traditional decoration materials.

Further details on all Concise courses

The courses will be led by Hugh Dorrian, who is the founder of Stoneware Studios, one of the leading suppliers of conservation materials in Ireland. Hugh is a graduate from the European School of Conservation in San Servola, Venice and has many years practical experience of conservation and restoration. F.A.Q.’s: • What should I wear/bring? There will be an opportunity to participate in some of our demonstrations so if you would like to get stuck in, bring some older clothes and shoes. Practical demonstrations take place largely outside and although we don’t plan to get wet please bring practical warm clothes, even in summer. If working with Lime, please bring protective clothing, safety glasses, wellington boots and waterproof gloves. Tools and Personal Protective Equipment will be provided if required. • How do I get there? our Eircode is P36X602 or call 024-90117. • How do I book? Please send payment in full to Stoneware Studios, Pillmore, Youghal, Co. Cork with your full contact details and desired course date. If you would like to pay on-line by credit card please e-mail us at All payments will be acknowledged in writing.