About Us

The Art Hand is a family business run by artists Sean and Miranda Corcoran.

We opened our doors back on Saint Patrick’s Day in 2012. Since then the business has evolved to suit our lifestyles and our creative preferences. We have two children and lots of rescued animals!

The Art Hand is located at the heart of The Copper Coast in County Waterford, Ireland.

When our own kids were younger we ran weekly workshops for kids at The Art Hand and we facilitated many collaborative mosaics for adults, families, private groups and in schools around the country.

We ran stained glass courses for adults and creative training for groups of teachers. We ran monthly spoken word events and a monthly collaborative film production gathering. As our reputation grew we were able to specialise more in environmental art projects and sand art events and we returned to exhibiting our own work.

We are currently focusing on producing a range of our own work for sale on this website as well as in our premises. We are also available to custom make sand art, stained glass, mosaic, paintings, maps and books. We are interested in larger projects too for schools, communities, events, interiors and online projects. We like to collaborate on creative projects so if you have something in mind please get in touch.

Below are some brief details about our individual careers.

Sean Corcoran

Over the years I’ve worked in lots of different artforms. I began working in stained glass when I was 16 and later moved on to mosaic. My Dad and I ran a business called The Salvage Shop which had a considerable reputation based on the art and furniture we produced and a strong association with Jim Nolan’s play The Salvage Shop. I was the resident designer and we produced interiors using recycled materials. 

Photography and film has always been an important part of my practice whether as a film-maker or exhibiting digital art. I draw every day and I like to create whimsical hand drawn maps. I like to document my projects and have had a few books published. I regularly release short films of my work.

Sand Art is my current creative passion. I like to draw massive pictures on beaches with a garden rake! I have produced a range of high quality Sand Art Prints that can be ordered directly from this website and shipped worldwide. Check out our ‘Art to Order’ page if you’re interested in a special piece of sand art or you’d like to commission a piece of mosaic, stained glass or even one of my quirky maps. We also facilitate environmental art projects on beaches for school groups. 

Miranda Corcoran

Hi there! After completing my studies at Grennan Mill Craft School my early work consisted of paintings on silk, velvet and cotton using batik, tie dye, silk screen and patchwork. In the 90’s I opened a gallery of my work called Deelerious and subsequently had a showroom called Miranda’s Room above an interiors shop in Waterford. I went on to create vivid paintings on canvas of stars, moons, planets and flowers. I used gold, silver and copper leaf in my work as well as jewels, gems and buttons. I used many different application techniques and had several successful solo exhibitions.

My current work is painted directly onto the surface of glass. I have had a few pop up shows of this work and have been encouraged by the positive response. They’re vibrant and happy pieces, often featuring flowers, hearts and abstract shapes. I now have a range of hardwood frames being produced at a local joinery that means I can produce larger paintings on toughened glass to order. Oh and I also enjoy painting on rocks!

I love to take commissions so if you’d like me to create something special for you have a look at our ‘Art to Order’ page. I always have a range of my work on display in the studio here so you are welcome to make an appointment to see my work first hand.

My work forms part of the Waterford City Municipal Art Collection, the Waterford Institute of Technology Autobiographical Collection and the Waterford Teachers Association Art Collection. My work hangs on walls in every corner of Ireland and beyond.