Maker Exchange Residencies are a central part of the newly funded EU Craft Hub project which will showcase the wealth of European Craft practice and address sector challenges through artist residencies, training workshops, exhibitions, conferences, and a European Festival of Craft.

Between March – July 2022 Craft Hub will run a series of 5 day Maker Exchange Residencies hosted by the project partners:

  • Carlow County Council – Ireland
  • UWTSD – Wales
  • Design School Kolding – Denmark
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Portugal
  • Glasmalerei Peters – Germany
  • Materahub – Italy

Each residency will have a different theme that has been inspired by the local cultural context, craft practices, expertise and techniques and how such practices might be applied across Europe.

These residencies are a capacity building opportunity for existing and future craft practitioners to support new professional opportunities, stimulate the creation of new works, increase and interconnect knowledge on craft making skills.

They will to push the boundaries of Craft making processes through new experimental ways of making.

Who are the Maker Exchange Residencies for?

The Maker Exchange Residency Programme is for Craft Practitioners. In this context Craft Practitioners are professionals with a career in Craft making, that need tools to develop and refresh their Craft making skills to increase self-expression and self-efficacy.

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Applications are open from the 13th January – 4th February


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Eco-sustainability between traditional craft practices and contemporary industrial production

Italy (Matera)
21 – 25 March 2022

Aim of residency

This residency aims to open a dialogue between traditional craft practices and the complexity of contemporary industrial production and specifically between makers and the industrial district of Matera.
The residency will focus on experimenting with the functional use of textile techniques adapted to the domestic environment, starting from industrial waste from local factories.
This residency has the aim to;
create an impact on micro industries and provide local industry and artisans (through trade associations) with an exchange of ideas and ways to transform industrial waste
illustrate an adaptable methodology to inspire and stimulate application elsewhere
provide a hands-on experimental opportunity to transform textile industrial waste using traditional craft practices

Who is the ideal participant for the residency?

Makers interested in design process development and prototyping.

Designers willing to expand their practice to crafts and researching sustainability and material reuse

What basic skills will you need prior to attending the residency?

A background in textiles or product design would be preferable but not mandatory.

About the Residency Host(s)

Materahub manages international pilot projects and capacity building activities to support cultural and creative industries, encouraging innovation and inclusion processes and a new entrepreneurial vision to face contemporary challenges. For this Crafthub residency they are collaborating with designers Gabriella Mastrangelo and Antonella Valerio.

Gabriella Mastrangelo (Matera, Italy) – Interior and spatial designer with a keen interest in placemaking, processes, cultural production and educational design. Recent experience as a senior design for the Open Design School of Matera 2019. Co founder of the platform POST DISASTER, an open and permeable curatorial platform that invites thinkers, activists, artists, curators to produce knowledge exchange. Post Disaster Rooftops investigates the marginal condition of the Mediterranean scenario. Recent winner of Creative Living Lab from the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Antonella Valerio (Brussels, Belgium) – Antonella Valerio holds a Master in Textile Design at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, in Brussels. During her studies, she launched LET’S TWIST AGAIN, a project of up-cycled multi functional cords, enhancing leftovers from the Dutch company VLISCO.
Her research aims at highlighting the environmental impact of textile industry, exploring old crafts for creating new aesthetics.


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Bricks and Tiles - Forms of Construction

Portugal (Caparica and Montemor-o-Novo)
 5 – 9  April 2022
Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Aim of residency

This CraftHub Residency aims to develop personal knowledge for craft makers by focusing on ceramic materials and practice utilizing traditional Portuguese clay building materials. Artistic development of participants using iconic Portuguese tiles and bricks that cover the interiors and exterior of houses and the artistic traditions that have developed within this context will be the central focus. We will offer a brief theoretical description of the structure, thermal properties and composition of vitreous (glaze) materials focusing on the chemical elements used to produce them. The theoretical understanding will then be applied through hands-on making with an eye towards a marriage of traditional Portuguese Azulejo tiles and ceramic building block making with individual personal expression.

Focusing on a personal production process, participants will be guided through multi-level learning and hands-on experience of a Portuguese tradition, while simultaneously offering a contemporary relationship through the participants’ vision. In a succinct way, all the moments of the process, from modeling, decoration (sculptural and pictorial) in raw and biscuit fired forms, and firing will be covered. In addition to the technical aspects, small compositional exercises will be developed with the bricks and tiles made to find eventual decoration motifs and test possible exhibition potential for later exhibition within the Crafthub framework. Crafters will be exposed to an approachable, but sophisticated level of knowledge about glaze compositions, have a chance to visit the world renowned Azulejo (Portuguese blue tiles) Museum in Lisbon, and then move to the interior of the Portuguese Alentejo region to complete the crafting process at the Telheiro da Encosta do Castelo.

Note: Since the Telheiro da Encosta do Castelo is a place relatively exposed to the weather, we warn that in case of bad weather, the participants might get some rain and cold. We recommend that participants come prepared for this possibility.


Robert Wiley
Andreia Ruivo
Susana Coentro
Márcia Vilarigues
Marta Castelo
Mafalda Rosário

Who is the ideal participant for the residency?

Craft practitioners with an interest in learning about ceramic materials and practice utilizing traditional Portuguese clay building materials.

What basic skills will you need prior to attending the residency?

The trainers will be available to guide and help participants throughout the Residency. As a result, there are no requirements to have previous experience in ceramics and glazes.

About the Residency Host

NOVA University of Lisbon, through the School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA), is one of the most prestigious public Portuguese and European engineering and science schools and it is engaged in extensive research activity developed in 16 research centres. One of these centres is the Research Unit VICARTE (Glass and Ceramic for the Arts), whose mission is to promote excellence in the study of glass and ceramics at a local and global level, focusing on the intersections between art and science. VICARTE is devoted to the promotion of transdisciplinary research applied to glass and ceramics, stimulating sharing of knowledge, experiences and methodologies. VICARTE joins specialists in art, science, design, history, archaeology and conservation of glass and ceramics. It develops its activities through research projects, exhibitions, training programs, collaboration with the public, private institutions and industry, and outreach and dissemination initiatives. VICARTE objectives are structured around two research pillars, Glass and Ceramics in Contemporaneity and Cultural Heritage, exploring synergies and maximizing their combined impact.

VICARTE collaborates with several institutions and associations, including Oficinas do Convento – Cultural Association of Art and Communication, at Montemor o Novo, that will welcome this Residency. Oficinas do Convento is a cultural non-profit association and has its headquarters in Convento de S. Francisco in Montemor-o-Novo, with the following main objectives: The support and development of actions that contribute to the development, understanding it as a process of improvement of cultural and material conditions, in close collaboration with local authorities and competent individuals, public or private, domestic or foreign. Since the beginning, Oficinas do Convento operates in the Arts field, with a clear concern on rethinking the conditions of the place, to convert it into cultural value to the city inhabitants.

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Modern Glass Art Design

Germany (Paderborn)
28 March – 1 April 2022
Glasmalerei Peters

Aim of residency

This residency aims to build the skills knowledge of participants in the glass art industry. The Residency will provide a stimulating forum for discussion and exchange of ideas between participating practitioners, create new bonds, strengthen peer networks and encourage
collaboration between individual makers.

Who is the ideal participant for the residency?

Initial experience in the field of glass design is desirable.

What basic skills will you need prior to attending the residency?

No matter if beginner or advanced in working with glass, participants should plan the artwork they want to create before starting their residency. This initial design is not binding, but much more a starting point. It will be further developed during the residency so that in the end a work of art will emerge.

In this Residency we would also like to work on the goals of the participants on what they would like to crate in a possible second residency.

About the Residency Host(s)

Founded more than 100 years ago, Glasmalerei Peters is one of the most renowned workshops for glass design in both traditional and modern techniques.

Located in the heart of Europe, we work for customers across Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia, and thee Arab world.The long-standing collaboration with hundreds of artists, designers and architects has led Peters Studios to develop a high degree of sensitivity to the most diverse artistic concepts and to meet the highest requirements through the experience and permanent training of our specialists in the practical implementation of ideas.

In order to meet even more efficiently the requirements of the rapidly changing conditions in the field of glass design, the workshop has been expanded, and many modern technical facilities such as sandblasting plants, airbrush rooms, huge kilns etc. have been set up.

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Color, material and surface design

Denmark (Kolding)
25 – 29 April 2022
Kolding School of Design

Aim of residency

The course is based on an experimental and material-based approach to the design process. Participants are invited on a journey to find new ways of experimenting and developing ideas within color, material and surface design.

The workshop starts with a short presentation on colors and how we tend to have favorite ones. Guided exercises will help you to find new ways of selecting colorways through randomness principles and methods. The colorways will throughout the workshop be explored in various techniques and materials.

Different simple sketching techniques will be introduced each day. Examples are yarn windings, weaving with paper and yarns on small scale looms, color collages, print with color on different surface materials.

Participants will be invited from a range of different craft backgrounds that can inspire each other. Trying an unfamiliar medium or tool will unlock a new perspective. The residency will provide a stimulation forum to exchange ideas and approaches between practitioners.

By the end of the workshop, participants are expected to have a new mindset as well as concrete tools and approaches for experimenting and exploring new possibilities which they afterward can bring into their own craft practice.

Who is the ideal participant for the residency?

We are looking for participants who have a material-based practice. We are happy to invite participants from different craft disciplines such as glass, textile, wood, ceramics, graphics with more.

What basic skills will you need prior to attending the residency?

Participants who have experience with a material-based practice

About the Residency Host

The residency will take place in the spacious workshops at Kolding School of Design with a view to the city. Kolding School of Design is a place where creative minds gather to immerse themselves in craftsmanship, art and research. The workshops are open 24/7 and houses international students from alle over the world.
Design School Kolding is an independent institution under the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. The school trains designers at undergraduate and graduate levels.

The course responsible are Iben høj and Signe Fink.

Iben Høj, knitwear designer and textile artist
Iben has for the past two decades been part of the Nordic fashion scene, where her delicately knitted and feminine creations have added a sense of optic lightness and professional weight to the business. Over the past six years Iben Høj has expanded her three-dimensional knitting into spacious and artistic expressions, staging her textile signature in both small and gigantic installations that appear at once delicately fragile and potently strong.
Iben is employed as Teaching Assistant Professor and Workshop Manager for Knit at Kolding School of Design.

Signe Fink, textile designer
Signe has specialized in the field of carpet design for 11 years with a main focus in ornamentation + print design. Next to that she is occupied by construction of textile objects.

Iben is employed as Teaching Assistant Professor and Workshop Manager for Print at Kolding School of Design.

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Design Crafts through experimentation

Wales (Swansea)
21 – 25 March 2022
University of Wales Saint David Trinity

Aim of residency

Participants will be welcomed into our Design Crafts department at Swansea College of Art.
The aim of the residency is to encourage and facilitate experimentation; the exchange of ideas, practice and skills; and to inspire our faculty, alumni and wider community of new and emerging makers.
Prior to the residency, we will consult with each participant to agree the details of which areas or practice they wish to pursue.
The participants will be required to work alongside our staff and students and to give a lecture on their Craft.

Who is the ideal participant for the residency?

This residency is suitable for you if:
– You are an established craft practitioner wishing to engage with students and academics in Wales
– You may be a maker experienced in one discipline, hoping to experiment in another…

Technician and academic support will be available and discussed in advance.
We would highlight that we aim to facilitate experimentation and the residency will not be a full-time, taught structured programme.

What basic skills will you need prior to attending the residency?

Participants who have experience with a material-based practice

About the Residency Host

At Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, we’re passionate about craft, making and materials.
Our Design Crafts department specialises in developing the design and creative 3D making skills needed to work professionally with Glass, Ceramics and Jewellery.
In our undergraduate programme, students have the freedom to discover their creative voice whilst developing traditional hand-making skills and contemporary approaches such as laser, waterjet cutting and 3D printing.

Our excellent specialist equipment and facilities for glass, ceramics and jewellery, supported by a comprehensive array of general and digital workshops, provides the opportunity to explore ideas through materials and making.

Our Design Crafts degree offers students a host of exciting opportunities to work on live briefs and take part in placements with industry partners from the worlds of interior design, the gallery sector and architecture.

The teaching team of professional practitioners with extensive networks of industry contacts supports students’ future career and professional development beyond graduation.

Craft Specialisms
Stained Glass / Cast Glass / Screen-printing
Enamelling (metal and glass)
Non-precious jewellery-making
Ceramics (throwing, casting, hand-building, glazing…)


UWTSD was ranked third in the UK for Design and Crafts in the Guardian league tables

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Developing Wood Craft and Woodturning

Garryhill, Carlow
28 March – 1 April 2022
Carlow County Council with Glenn Lucas

Aim of residency

This residency aims to build skills and knowledge in the Wood Craft industry and encourage participants to work as a team to demonstrate many skills in woodturning, decoration, surface treatment, colouring and much more. This residency is suited to skilled woodturners and makers. The participants will be invited to work together to help develop collaborative work and extend their practice and thinking.

Who is the ideal participant for the residency?

The ideal participant will own and regularly use a woodturning lathe and have knowledge of the safe use of gouges, power tools and woodworking machinery in a woodturning studio.
Or, have very good wood carving skills.

They will understand how to handle wood with care. They will understand safety in a shared working space.

What basic skills will you need prior to attending the residency?

Intermediate to advanced skill on a woodturning lathe or a very good wood carving skill.
We look forward to seeing other skills alongside this.

About the Residency Host

Carlow County Council are collaborating with the craft practitioner Glenn Lucas for this residency.

Glenn Lucas has an international reputation for his proficiency at the lathe and his ability to pass on to students the skills and knowledge he has gained. He balances his production of classic bowls turned from native Irish wood (set up in 1995), some exhibitions with galleries and design-led outlets, with an extensive teaching programme run from his County Carlow ‘Woodturning Study Centre’ (set up in 2005) in rural south-east Ireland. Hundreds of people attend his classes annually. They can take advanced five-day or three-day masterclasses and many travel from all over the world to take these courses, staying nearby in the local villages. Glenn also offers one-day introductory woodturning classes for beginners.

In January 2021, in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Glenn moved into a purpose-designed woodturning training centre. During Covid lockdowns, unable to have students visit the centre in person, he developed a dedicated ‘Zoom-room’ and runs a busy private tuition schedule as well as a remote demonstration programme to clubs and groups using high-definition cameras to show every turning and tool detail. Since August 2021 when restrictions were lifted, the woodturning centre has welcomed small classes of woodturners (max. 6 in a class) on 3-day, 5-day and private 1-day classes.

For the past twenty years, Glenn has been a frequent guest Demonstrator at overseas conferences, in-person and virtually. He also gives Turning Masterclasses at international arts and crafts schools, in-person and through Interactive Remote Demonstrations, remote tuition, and virtual symposia.
In 2013 Glenn hosted in his old workshop, a Wood Art Collaboration with 22 international and Irish wood artists. The finished commission, a 6.5-metre-long wall of wood inspired by dry stone wall building, showed at the VISUAL arts centre during Carlow Arts Festival for the summer of 2013 and went on to show at Dublin Airport for a year and then toured to other events.

In October 2010 Glenn produced the first Irish woodturning DVD called ‘Mastering Woodturning – Tools and Techniques’ and he now has 17 videos that can also be downloaded and streamed through a movie channel to which turners can subscribe. Glenn’s love of video-making and photography can be seen in these videos and in the social media platforms he uses very effectively to promote these high-quality films and the joy of woodturning.

In May 2013 a range of Glenn Lucas Signature Woodturning Tools was launched by Hamlet, the leading tool manufacturer based in Sheffield England.

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Exploring Sustainable Craft Practices in Harmony with Nature

Ireland (Borris, Carlow)
16 – 20 May 2022
Carlow County Council

Aim of residency

This residency aims to create a new way for beginner and experienced makers with a passion for nature to engage in a new environment. It will offer participants an exciting opportunity to explore and develop processes and discover new techniques.

The Residency will provide a stimulating forum for discussion and exchange of ideas between participating practitioners, create new bonds, strengthen peer networks and encourage
collaboration between individual makers. There will be a maximum of 6 participants.

Who is the ideal participant for the residency?

Participants with a passion for the natural environment, who enjoy working in a mindful way and with a view to sustainability in their practice will get the most from a residency at Clasheen. Enjoying the outdoors, taking pleasure in little things, working with natural fibre and foraged vegetation, having an open mind, these are all qualities that will enhance the experience.
What basic skills will you need prior to attending the residency?
Previous wet felting, eco printing or textile experience is welcomed although not strictly essential. Participants who enjoy creating larger installations or sculptural work in different fields are also very welcome to apply for this residency.

About the Residency Host

Carlow County Council are collaborating with the craft practitioner Nicola Brown for this residency.

Nicola Brown is a textile artist and DCCI (Design & Crafts Council Ireland) member who works from her studio at Clasheen, Ballybrack, in the shadow of the Blackstairs Mountains. She is developing a sustainable textile practice, her current work explores the use of eco printing to impart colour directly from organic materials onto silk, wool, handmade felt and vintage linen. As well as creating exhibition pieces and work for sale Nicola facilitates regular felting and eco printing workshops online.

Since her introduction to textiles in 2007 Nicola Brown has studied extensively in Ireland, Europe and the US to learn new techniques and develop her fine art textile practice. As a mature student, Nicola chooses not to go down the traditional art college route but instead attends technique specific workshops, masterclasses and symposia with international tutors whose work she admires. This is an ongoing process. Currently Nicola’s work is on display in The National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny at the Made In Ireland Exhibition.

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