Launch of Rathcormac crafted ‘Message in a Bottle’ giftware

‘Message in a Bottle’, a new keepsake ceramic giftware designed and produced by two well-known local businesswomen, was officially launched in Cork last week.

The collection has been designed by entrepreneur Mai Manning and handmade in Rathcormac by Siobhain Steele.

Each bottle comes beautifully presented in a gift box with a scroll to write a personal message which can be placed inside the bottle and kept as a treasured keepsake until the ‘to open date. One of the bespoke bottles in the collection, nostalgically titled ‘First Day at Big School’, offers the opportunity to capture those treasured emotions of sending that special little one in your life off to ‘Big School’ and has generated considerable interest since it was launched.

Message in a Bottle’ is a local handmade product with each piece individually designed and carefully crafted by ceramic artist Siobhain Steele in her Rathcormac studio.  Siobhain is well known within the Irish craft industry for her unique pieces that evoke a sense of simplicity and connection.

“The idea of ‘Message in a Bottle’ is to offer the opportunity to build a unique collection of keepsake bottles that can be added to over the years,” she said.

Mai Manning is the vision behind the ‘Message in a Bottle’ journey. Explaining the concept, Mai said: “‘First Day at Big School’ offers the opportunity to gift a more personal and lasting keepsake. In this digital age there is something refreshing about taking pen to paper and leaving a lasting mark for the little one in your life to look back on.”

Siobhain and Mai plan to launch further bottles to the range in the coming months to commemorate milestones right up to starting ‘Big School’. The ‘Message in a Bottle’ collection is available to buy online at or in Cork Craft & Design Centre, Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Cork. Prices start at €29.50.