Meet the Locals:
An économusée is a business that makes fine arts and crafts that allows the public to get behind the scenes and see how unique pieces are made. It must use traditional knowledge and authentic know-how to create its products. The idea is to allow artisans to showcase their trades.
Steensons in Glenarm, makers of exquisite jewellery, is just such a place. You can browse their range of hand-crafted jewellery in their showroom, or enter their studio and watch their artists at work.
All in the family
Bill and Christina Steenson began the business in 1976, after graduating from The University of Ulster’s fine arts school, in Belfast.
Their work has long set them apart from mass-market, high street jewellers, and they taught their craft to their daughter, Brona, who now runs the business.
Most of the exquisite jewellery and designs for Game of Thrones were made right here. Brona explains that much of the workshop's designs are inspired by the rolling hills of Antrim.
Since Game of Thrones began filming nearby, they have been making all kinds of beautiful pieces for the show. Brona regularly welcomes tour groups to the workshop. It's a key stop on every Game of Thrones tour - and no wonder.
Not only will you hear all about their work for the world famous TV series, but you can see how they made crowns for the kings and queens of the Seven Kingdoms. You can even pick up your own, unique Game of Thrones-inspired piece.
How about a direwolf or a House of Targaryen pendant?
The showroom displays the Steensons unique contemporary collections, each playing on textures and metal combinations in their distinct style. You can also discover complimentary work from other Irish, British and European designers such as Irish maker Alan Ardiff, whose quirky work articulates and plays on life’s puns and Linda MacDonald, who’s craft is inspired by the wilds of Scotland.
Plan Your Trip
Journeying through the real Westeros
When the makers of HBO’s Game of Thrones® were scouring the planet for the ideal backdrop for their award-winning medieval fantasy series, their remit was tough.
The Hot Milk Forge
Eamonn Higgins is reviving the ancient craft of blacksmithing amidst the unspoilt beauty of Glenravel. Join him to take up your own anvil, forge and hammer to craft traditional blades or a longbow straight out of Game of Thrones.