If Máire Condron seems familiar then it may be that you have seen her in one of her many guises, she is a founder of Victory Gin, a barista at Wood Street Coffee, and a regular maker at Blackhorse, often assisting on the woodturning courses. She is all about sustainable design and function and has managed to combine all three roles into one.
‘I first came to Blackhorse when I started working for Gareth Reid at Wood Street Coffee on a part time basis to supplement my income, I’m now pleased to say that Blackhorse has become a bigger part of my life than I expected and I’m looking forward to spending more time making.’
Máire graduated in 2013 with a BA Hons in Decorative Arts, upcycling scrap wood, leather and cotton paired with sustainable materials like cork. She has continued researching the use of other sustainable materials by using the process of lathe turning to create a range of products from otherwise waste material.
‘As much as I love the process of lathe turning, despite the use of scrap materials, I still find it very wasteful. So much of what you start off with ends up as shavings all over the floor or yourself.’
Being incredibly resourceful, Máire has found a way to integrate the waste botanicals from the London based botanical distillery, Victory she founded with her husband. The spent botanicals from the gin making processes were initially sent to a pig-farmer in Kent as feed, turns out the residual alcohol made for tipsy pigs!
Instead, Máire now plans to dehydrate the botanicals and cast them into functional objects using Jesmonite, a durable, light and non-solvent material. By creating moulds of vessels that have been formed on the wood lathe, she will then make casts with Jesmonite, creating a more sustainable design whilst maintaining the original forms.
‘It would be really cool to integrate my work at the distillery with my work at Blackhorse.’
Discover more about Máire’s distillery and look out for her work in the coming months.