Susan Herlihy, proprietor of Crafty Hands Ceramic Studio and organiser of the Make Your Mark Campaign, in front of the some 350 tiles already installed at My Place, Midleton.

Midleton’s Crafty Hands Ceramic Studio runs its Claytopia event for Culture Night this Friday, 22 September which will be followed the next day by this year’s Make Your Mark event at My Place, Midleton on Saturday, 23 September.
Claytopia runs from 7.30pm at Crafty Hands Ceramic Studio at Coach Horse Lane, aiming to allow the audience to explore the world of ceramics, from ancient hand-building techniques, wheel throwing, sculpture and contemporary applications through demonstrations and practical work. The event will also include a pop-up exhibition of fine art by 11 local artists as well as music by Fergal O’Connor and a wine reception, with all welcome to attend.
The following day sees the return of the Make Your Mark initiative to My Place, Midleton for the only time this year. Formally an ongoing event, the Make your Mark initiative runs as a single day event this year from 11am-1pm.
For a donation of €10 towards My Place, Midleton, participants are invited to design their own tile which will then be installed on a wall in the youth and community centre, joining approximately 350 tiles already emplaced.
“We have approximately 350 tiles already installed,” said Susan Herlihy, proprietor of Crafty Hands Ceramic Studio and organiser of the Make Your Mark Campaign. “Which means about 350 people have made their mark. They are there for prosperity. We have some that are just baby prints, and I know there is one here by my nephew; when they are old enough they might use the youth services at my place, but have already made their mark here. After all it is all about them, all about their community. It costs €10, with all proceeds going towards the continuous running of My Place. Ian Murray installs the tiles for us on his own time and free of charge. He volunteered to put them up.”
The Make Your Mark tile initiative can trace its origins back to the Midleton Arts Festival in 2014, where it began as a community arts project. All materials – including the tiles, glazes and firings – will be provided. The Make Your Mark event is open to everyone, but those attending are asked to text bookings to Ms Herlihy at 087 9028 186 or confirm their attendance through the events page on Facebook: Make your mark- design a tile.
“For me it’s both about the fundraiser,” said Ms Herlihy, “and giving the community an opportunity to engage in creative works. I think this event is important as My Place itself is important, but also having creative events within the community is important. People coming together in a communal, creative event like this helps create a sense of wellbeing and connection.”