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November '97

SESAM II - EUROPEAN PLACEMENT SEHEME SESAM is a scheme that was launched in France at the end of 1989 which opens up the way into Europe for youngsters coming from vocational training, particularly from apprenticeships.


It aims to favour professional proficiency and promote the mobility of young European workers from the craft sector by setting up an enterprise network. More than a thousand youngsters from Germany, Belgium, Greece, Italy, France, Great Britain, Ireland and Spain have already participated in the SESAM scheme over the last six years of exchange. Since 1995, SESAM II lies within the frame­ work of the community action programme Leonardo, which favours the formation of a national correspondant's network for most of the countries within the European Union. The SESAM I I scheme aims to improve youngsters professional skills within the skilled crafts and SME sectors favouring their integration onto the European labour mar­ ket. The scheme is aimed at young Europeans between the ages of 18 and 27 who possess a first certificate of vocational training or proof of having acquired a first vocational experi­ ence lasting a minimum of one year. They must also have undergone preparatory lan­ guage training and some background cultural preparation for the country offering them placement. This takes two months on aver­ age. The Crafts Council of Ireland is the Irish facilitator for the scheme. Irish host compa­ nies, to date, have been exclusively involved in furniture restoration. They have been very pleased with the young craftspeople placed with them, and found that they have made a real contribution to the companies that have placed them. We would now like to widen the Irish experi­ ence to young European craftspeople and place Wood Carvers, Joiners and Goldsmiths from Germany. A host company normally offers a placement for an average of 8 months (min. 6 and max. 10 months). Anyone who is interested in participating in the SESAM II scheme or would like further information please contact Nuala McGrath at the Kilkenny office. Tel. 056-61804 or Fax. 056-63754.



CRAFT SHOWS 1997 Following the limited response to Catherine Jordan's request for Craft Show listings, please find listed below, details for the THREE she received:

General Announcements

The Honey Show

Residential Art Centre in the Centre of

Craft Exhibition & Sale Christ Church Hall Rathgar Dublin 6 On: Saturday, 1st November 1997 From: 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Europos Parkas, is the only Residency Centre

Ardmore Pottery & Craft Gallery

pline, and focuses on the exchange of artistic


in Lithuania, offering four-week long resi­ dencies, six times a year. The program is open to creative artists working in any disci­

Annual Craft Fair Ardmore Co. Waterford On: Sat. 29th Nov. to 24th Dec. From: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm For further details please contact: Mary Lincoln on 024 94252

experience and acquaintance with the Lithuanian culture and traditions. While in Lithuania, the artists can develop an individ­ ual project that may include the creation of new work or pursuit of their individual artis­ tic goals, and we can organise opportunities to communicate with the local community

Craft Fair Fingal Arts Centre Rush Co. Dublin On: 2nd Sunday of every month From: 12.00 to 6.00 pm For further details please contact: 01-843 7567

and to visit studios of Lithuanian artists as well as museums and galleries. Slide presentations and discussions are organ­ ised during the program. The program is very flexible, our aim is to enable the artist to discover new ideas and inspirations. Artists are provided with good conditions of living, working, relaxing, good traditional

CRAFT & DESIGN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COURSE Subject to funding, the Crafts Council will be commencing the new Craft and Design Business Development Course at the Crescent Workshop, Castle Yard, Kilkenny in early 1998. All enquiries to Nuala McGrath, Training Administrator at 056-61804.

food served three times a day. A minibus is available for local transportation. The Residency Centre can accommodate up to 9 artists at a time, each of the six residency periods. Applicants are requested to send a completed application form along with a resume, and at

least 2 slides or photos of their work (if visual artists) not later than two months before the residency starts. A non-refundable applica­ tion processing fee of $ 10 US payable to Europos Parkas, this includes slides return postage expenses.

Apprenticeship Sought

For Sale

Seth Hoffman is looking for an apprenticeship

For Sale

in Ireland. He has some work experience with a master furniture maker and in the carpentry trades. He has pursued design and woodwork­ ing technique in his education and studied

For an application form please contact: Gintaras Karosas (Mr.), President, Europos Parkas, Joneikiskiu k., 4013 Vilnius r., Lithuania. Tel. (3702) 652368 or 502242 Fax. (3702) 652368 E-Mail: hq@europarkas.

fine arts at University. He is currently com­

Quantity of stripped/recycled old pine. Wall shelf hanging dressers (28"xl8") and also cor­ ner dressers. All decorative and collectable items. Tel. 086-2448880.

For Sale

pleting a six week course on timber framing technique.

Full set of second-hand casting equipment in

Seth can be contacted at 29 Phillips Place,

perfect working order: Kiln, centrifuge cast­

Northampton, M A 01060, USA. Tel. 001-

ing machine, vacuum machine for invest­ ment, rubber mixing bowl, flasks with rubber


Apprenticeship Sought

bases, mould vulcaniser and plates, wax injec­ tor and plates. Price £1,650.

The Irish American Partnership

Apprenticeship wanted with a craftsperson that deals with metalworking for a graduate

The Irish American Partnership Irish Gift and Craft Shop is based at 23 St. Stephen's Green in Dublin. This is a non-profit making

Calling All Celts

For Sale

with a degree in metals and jewellery from June 1998 who would like to gain experience and new skills.

Leathercraft business with 5 electric machines, 5 treadle machines, leather, fittings, finished

organisation where all profits benefit educa­ tion and job creation in Ireland.

Tel. Bruce at 087-233 1538

Contact Heather Boblitt, Beaver College, 450

bags, belts and purses in stock. All original

S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038, U.S.A.

designs with templates and logo included.

Tel. 001-215-5173016 or E-Mail

£20,000 o.n.o.

Tel. 054-66186

Does your craft carry a unique celtic theme? Interested in participating in a Living History

Weaving Week-end

Village? We are presently organising a Celtic

November 7-9, 1997. W a n red

Festival which will involve music and dance, battle re-enactments dating from the 1 st cen­ tury, drama, falconer, bow men and a lot more - not forgetting a celtic living history village. It is for this reason we are looking for

Thanks to a grant from Kerry County

are holding a weaving weekend with guest weaver Karin Schaller.

enthusiastic participants who wish to display,

For further information contact Isabel Bennett

demonstrate and sell their celtic crafts. The

at 066-56333 or Maire U i Shithigh at 066-

date for this festival is mid August '98 and it's


opposite Brii na Boinne visitor centre, where

ing us a large number of passers-by.

A part-time or possibly full-time thrower is

Accommodation can be organised i f request­

required for Dublin based pottery. Enquiries to Thomas Diem at 01-8451026.

Experienced artist blacksmith and apprentice

year old as an apprentice in ceramics/stained glass/etchings/prints or photography, please phone Fiona at 047-81878.


Wanted Person wanted to continue hand-made lamp­ shades business - owner retiring.

artist blacksmiths wanted for a forge in Dublin. For further information contact Edward Bisgood, Bushy Park Ironworks at 014622788.




Situation Vacant

or Clive 0 Gibne at 041-80095.

Anyone who is interested in taking on a 26

Contact Ciaran or Jenn at Celtic Clays Pottery (0801)396 841211 After 6p.m.

For further information Fitzsimon at 046-40233.

For further information please contact Sinead

Apprenticeship Sought

Full-time position avail­

Situation Vacant Contact Noreen at 01-2846933.

2,000 tourists visit daily, therefore guarantee­

first served basis.

Thrower/decorator. able.

A 33 year old pottery student wishes to gain work experience with established potter in Dublin area.

venue is Donore Village, Co. Meath, directly

ed. Stands shall be allocated on a first come,


Council, Corca Dhuibhne Regional Museum

Seconds in all crafts greatly appreciated for craft stall in aid of St. John O f Gods Centre for Handicapped. Collection organised. Tel. 0405-51148

Wanted Knitter looking for home work for winter months. Phone 0502-36119.


More than a thousand youngsters from Germany, Belgium, Greece, Italy, France, Great Britain, Ireland and Spain have already participated in...