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Meet the Maker: Dainius Varnelis, Metalworking

Posted 21.08.2023
Meet the Maker

Dainius has worked over 30 years with metal, from working as a designer in metal fabrication company in Lithuania and Ireland, to designing for a blacksmithing business in the UK. For the last 15 years creating garden pieces, water features and interior pieces from his studio in Wexford.

For the last two years he had a showroom in Wexford town. Dainius share a showroom with his wife a jewellery designer, Lina Varna. They both deeply value connection with nature, their studio is in the peaceful countryside with beautiful garden where we relax after long day in the workshop. Because his practice is loud, noisy and dirty, he loves peaceful and quite time in nature.

What’s a typical day in the studio like for you?

Cutting and shaping metal, grinding and welding.

We deeply value connection with nature, our studio is in peaceful countryside with a beautiful garden, where we relax after long day in the workshop.

Dainius Varnelis

Varna Studio

What do you like most about your work?


What do you like least about your work?  

Dust and noise.

What’s your favourite craft item in your home?


What other maker in your discipline do you most look up to?

Antony Gormley.

How do you start your day?


What’s the first thing you do when you leave the studio?

Shower, and change into fresh clothes.
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