Rory Drinan

Furniture Maker / Designer

Since joining Benchspace as a college graduate, Rory has used the facilities and support we provide to start his own business in furniture design and making.

As well as being a key member in various collaborative projects he has worked one-on-one with many clients on commissioned pieces too.

Rory offers an artistic perspective to his clients, creating modern, unique pieces that combine traditional and contemporary fabrication techniques.

When he finds time around commissions Rory has been developing his own line of products that he plans to bring to market in the near future.


James McDonald

Furniture Maker / Designer

James McDonald is a designer who uses sustainably sourced hardwood to create contemporary long lasting furniture.

His initial training as an Architect before studying Furniture Making is evident in his work, with pieces that are designed for both comfort and aesthetic pleasure.

James was awarded the Cork Craft and Design Emerging Craftsperson of the Year in 2019 & 2020 and is available for commisions. 


Brian Leach

Luthier / Instrument Designer

Brian is an experienced craftsman, maker, and musician, who designs and builds one of a kind musical instruments with a unique character. He designs his instruments with solid scientific understanding, technical intuition, and an artists eye. These instruments are executed using traditional hand woodworking techniques, creating bespoke pieces that are made to last.

His current interest is in wood turning and the traditional Irish Uilleann pipes.

Brian works as a Luthier at Cork Guitars, and also as a musician with Trad band Torcan and Jazz band The Underscore Orkestra.




Annemarie Reinhold

Jewellery Maker / Designer

Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, Annemarie makes sculptural and wearable works. Her jewellery pieces evolve through multiple design stages, exploring different materials and forms.

Annemarie’s work takes inspiration from nature and captures the movement and beauty of the constant flux.

Annemarie is currently working on a range of pear bowls and vegetable inspired spoons.



Alex Thiel-Didu

Goldsmith / Designer

Alex is a goldsmith, a designer and a woman with attitude. She began her creative journey in her native Poland and found her creative home in Ireland. 

 Alex graduated with a diploma in Arts from the National University of Ireland, Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Jewellery Design Course. Following her college and apprenticeships, life and love drew her back to Cork, which has now become her home and business hub.

Thiel has been shortlisted in two major jewellery competitions in 2017, Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Craft Awards and Irish Made Awards by Irish Country Magazine.

Alex specialises in giving new  or second life to pre-loved jewellery. She is re-using old gems and precious metal in the new designs, to create fine art jewellery.



Fabio Oliveira / Mo Ghrian

Jewellery Designer

Fabio is a Brazilian free soul jewellery designer and maker based in Cork, creator and owner of Mo Ghrian – Jewellery Art, who found his path here on the Emerald Island.

His love for different gems is what brought him to the makers’ world. In 2020 he started the jewellery design course with the master Luciana Preuss from Brazil along with the jewellery making course at St. John’s College in Cork.

Working with Sterling Silver and precious gems, he encountered a way to express himself through unique pieces trying to create something new on every occasion, valuing the one-of-a-kind concept.

His non-usual designs  are recognizable by the marriage between fluid shapes and eye-catching gems, what is often present in his creations.