The picturesque village of Roundstone in Co. Galway is not only known for its stunning scenery but also for a unique and harmonious tradition – the craftsmanship of Roundstone Ceramics and Roundstone Musical Instruments.
Long known for making unique porcelain and stoneware for Roundstone. Rose and Seamus make, design and handpaint unique porcelain and stoneware. Their work is available exclusively from their studio open daily in the village from 10:00am to 6pm.
A Legacy of Craftsmanship
Roundstone has long been a hub for traditional Irish music, and the village's contribution to the world of musical instruments is significant. The craft of instrument making has been passed down through generations, creating a legacy that resonates with the soulful melodies of Irish tunes. Visitors to Roundstone have the opportunity to witness the artistry and dedication that goes into each instrument crafted by skilled hands.
Bodhráns, Fiddles, and More
One of the most celebrated musical instruments to emerge from Roundstone is the bodhrán, a traditional Irish frame drum. Craftsmen meticulously select and prepare materials, often using goatskin for the drumhead and beech or other hardwoods for the frame. The result is an instrument that not only produces a distinct sound but also carries with it the essence of Roundstone's rich musical heritage.
In addition to bodhráns, Roundstone craftsmen are known for their exceptional fiddle making. Each fiddle is a work of art, handcrafted with precision and passion. The quality of these instruments has earned Roundstone a reputation among musicians both locally and internationally.
Visiting Roundstone's Workshops
For those enchanted by the allure of traditional Irish music, a visit to Roundstone offers the chance to explore workshops where these ceramics and musical masterpieces come to life. Local artisans are often happy to share their craft, providing insights into the intricate process of instrument and pottery making. Whether you're a seasoned musician or an appreciator of craftsmanship, the workshops offer a unique and immersive experience.