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Craft Training 2022-01-31T18:05:00+00:00

Stoneware Studios has been providing courses on building conservation and historic building repair for almost 20 years.

After two years of restrictions, we are delighted to welcome people back through the gates in Pilmore and we hope you will join us this year on one of our courses.

We will run 1/2 day courses from the end of March 2022. Each course will be in-person, practical, hands-on, educational and we hope, enjoyable!

Each costs €80 per person, start at 9.30am and aim to finish at 1pm.

To sign up please call our office 024 90117 or email us. Places are limited. Early booking advised.

Course detail below:

Conservation Workshops

Time: 9.30am to 1pm

Location: Stoneware Studios, Pillmore, Youghal, Co.Cork. P36X602

Lime Pointing

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.

Lime washing & Breathable paints

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

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.

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.

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.