CERAMICS / POTTERY
MAKA’s Irish locally made gifts are produced in our gorgeous little studio cabin nestled in a stunning wildflower field in the countryside of Kilkenny, Ireland. Here we produce our range of ceramic tableware & pottery gifts for all occasions. We like to spend just as much time out in the field as we do in the studio and as you can see, we have plenty of distractions! During the Summer months there is nothing we love more than to bring our work outdoors, soaking in sights & smells of all the flowers surrounding us while the freshly thrown pots bask in the sunshine.
Keepers Of Cultural Heritage – A venture founded on a core appreciation of craftsmanship and enduring quality; the handmade craft as a skilled process of production by hand and machine.
Shanagarry Potters curates, commissions and sells unique traditional and contemporary collections, collaborating with our fellow makers and keepers of cultural heritage.
I love everyday objects to be beautiful. If you have to look at something all the time, it should make you happy!
I have always loved both the simplicity of Scandinavian design and the intricate patterns of Indian and Islamic art; my work is a reflection of these two very different styles. While my three children are in school, I create in my little studio cabin in my back garden in the beautiful seaside town of Greystones, Co. Wicklow.
Thomas Diem is a second generation designer and potter. Born in NYC but living in Ireland since he was a child, his first taste of pottery came in his own father’s studio. Having completed the DCCOI Pottery Skills Course and spent time perfecting his craft, Thomas established his own studio in 1997. At diem pottery we believe that the objects we use have a great effect on our lives. We design and create by hand, pieces that combine traditional skills with a contemporary design edge.
Ceramicist Amanda Murphy makes decorative hand-built stoneware ceramics including vases, platters and bowls.
Each piece is hand-built, inspired by movement within the landscape.
Using oxides and coloured glass to punctuate the pieces, the creations offer what the potter calls a bird’s eye view of the landscape.
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LICHEN CERAMICS – Functional handmade pottery is the most used but often underrated type of ceramics. So that’s why I set up my own pottery to design and explore tableware ceramics, at home in Co. Leitrim, Ireland. It allows me to use my throwing skills to make tableware and sculptural ceramics. I like the idea of making variations on themes, each series having its differences. Inspired by the magical landscape of the North West, a place still steeped in old Irish traditions. Come see my magical creations in ceramic for all occasions.
PAUL MALONEY – Paul studied at the National College of Art & Design Dublin, and graduated in the early nineteen eighties. His pottery has modern, fluid lines and, he says, ‘walking the many beaches of Wexford and watching the changing coastline, has a continuing influence on my work, I feel lucky spending my days in my workshop or artist’s studio in Barntown, overlooking mountains and farmlands to the north, and the sea to the south’. His environment permeates his work as an artist and potter. Paul has painted in acrylic and oil throughout his life and has been a 1st Prize Winner in Europe’s largest plein air painting festival ‘Art in The Open’. He was also the overall winner of Paint Annapolis USA.
NICHOLAS MOSSE POTTERY – Welcome to the Nicholas Mosse Pottery website! And if you’re ever in Ireland, we’d love to see you and show you around our beautiful old mill. Our pottery is 44 years old now, but it sits on the shoulders of my family who have been millers here in Bennettsbridge since 1840. The artisans who work at the pottery are all local and trained in-house to make, or ‘throw’, the pottery shapes and to decorate them. Many have been with us since the very beginning and now even some of their children work with us, so it’s a real family affair and a testament to the richness of rural life in Ireland.
SIOBHIAN STEELE – Drawn to the natural Irish landscape Siobhain’s ceramic designs are influenced by the simplicity tranquillity and beauty surrounding her Co Cork studio. Each ceramic piece is designed and handcrafted with care evoking a sense of simplicity, serenity and connection. ‘After many years of travel, a career in nursing and motherhood, I returned to college to pursue my love of creativity and design. I found myself naturally drawn to ceramics and the abundance of possibilities that it offered. I was fascinated with the journey from clay to the finished design. Influenced by my travels and surroundings my signature ranges include, Message on a Bottle, Line, Allium and Poppy ranges. I can also personalise your gifts.
MAKA CERAMICS – MAKA’s Irish locally made gifts are produced in our gorgeous little studio cabin nestled in a stunning wildflower field in the countryside of Kilkenny, Ireland. Here we produce our range of ceramic tableware & pottery gifts for all occasions. We like to spend just as much time out in the field as we do in the studio and as you can see, we have plenty of distractions! During the Summer months there is nothing we love more than to bring our work outdoors, soaking in sights & smells of all the flowers surrounding us while the freshly thrown pots bask in the sunshine. One of the many things we have in common is gardening and if you haven’t guessed it already, we are both animal mad and would love to have our very own animal sanctuary! In a nutshell, all the imagery below shows you who we are much better then we could ever explain.
DUNBEACON POTTERY – Helen, a native of Dublin, has been a professional potter for over 20 years. This includes the experience of a 3 year apprenticeship with Stephen Pearce and master classes with Helena Brennan. Combining an interest in art with a practical personality, Helen decided from a young age that she was going to make functional ceramics. Moving to West Cork, with partner Eithne, in 2000 to take over the small pottery business at Dunbeacon was the great opportunity to establish her own studio. Each piece is individually handmade by Helen while having continuity of form. The three ranges, Ocean, Woodland and Bog Cotton are interchangeable with each other, but also stand alone in equal beauty. These pieces are dishwasher safe, with a solid form and functionality that reflects the landscape where they are created.
ROSEMARIE DURR – Having trained in the Crafts Council of Ireland’s world renowned Pottery Skills Course (Thomastown, Kilkenny) in 1996 Rosemarie worked as a production potter in some of Ireland’s leading pottery studios for several years. In 2004 she opened up the studio shop with her husband, ceramic artist Andrew Ludick, in Castlecomer Estate Yard and Discovery Park. They work along side each other creating individual ranges as well as collaborating on work. Crafstmanship and design are key to Rosemaries work. Each piece is thrown on the wheel using stoneware clay and designed to be used every day.
VIVIEN O’MALLEY – Growing up in a creative home with a woodturning father and graffiti artist brother; it was sort of inevitable that I would become interested in the artistic life and so at 17 I attended LSAD where I very quickly fell in love with pottery. In the years that followed I worked with potters across Ireland and attended Dccoi’s Ceramic Skills and Design Course in Thomastown, Kilkenny. Added to this some years of travelling and further education in international pottery techniques and design I have now set up my dream studio in Dunhill, Co. Waterford.
DANU CERAMICS – DANU specialises in handcrafted, designer ceramic homewares made in Dublin, Ireland. The design ranges combine organic yet refined and contemporary aesthetics that display well in both urban and rustic settings. Inspired by travels, nature, wanderlust, antiquated trade routes and the country of Ireland, each piece is one of a kind. Our work is a favourite of food stylists and photographers and has been featured in many projects and campaigns. Ruth Power is an artist, designer, maker and travel lover who graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2011, and set up DANU ceramics in 2015. She designs and creates every piece.
REBECCA KILLEN – Rebecca Killen, a graduate of Belfast School of Art, is a ceramic designer-maker living and working in County Down, N. Ireland. With a love of curating collections of complementary objects, Rebecca aims to create ceramic products that can evoke memories, a sense of nostalgia or serve as decorative pieces in the home to be used and treasured for years to come. Our bottles, dishes and vessels are made in small batches using the slip casting technique. Currently Rebecca is experimenting with surface texture and layers of colour on her pieces, this initial exploration has inspired the new Bay Collection.
CASTLE ARCH POTTERY – Have you ever visited a place and just fallen in love and wished you could stay….well thats what happened to me. As a Cork native on a trip to Kilkenny I knew this was a place I wanted to set up my pottery business. Under the gaze of Kilkenny Castle are a collection of coach houses, stables and out buildings that make up The Castle Yard. I located my pottery in one of these beautiful preserved buildings. The stables had been the home to the Kilkenny Design Workshops which helped to create best practice in craft and design. We stand on the shoulders of Kilkenny Design Workshops and are constantly inspired by their design aesthetic. Our pottery reflects Irelands rich tradition of storytelling. Those moments that are handed down around the fireplace. Pottery has always played its part by enriching the experience of family meals or a pot of tea shared with a good friend. We make contemporary heirlooms that last a lifetime of get togethers and our hope is that you pass these on so they become part of your story.
POTTERY CORNER – Boleslawiec Pottery is the collective term for pottery produced in Bolesławiec, Poland. It is also known as Bunzlau Pottery or just Polish Pottery. The pottery is hand-made and hand-decorated with floral and geometrical shapes and patterns. The tradition of Boleslawiec Pottery has been a part of the town and the entire region’s history since the14th century. We source our products directly from one of the largest manufactures in Boleslawiec town – Zaklady Ceramiczne. The tradition of the factory dates back to the 19th century when the Reinhold&Co. manufacture operated.
PENNY’S POTTERY – In 1962 Penny Sheehy came across a derelict dance hall in the small windswept seaside village of Ventry, in south-western Ireland. Seeing its potential as a studio and a showroom for her newly started ceramics enterprise; she invested everything she had , then some more, and it became hers. Over the next couple of years, juggling family life with four children, she bought a small second-hand gas fired kiln and a potters wheel. Fuelled by her passion for art and creating she began making -and to her delight- selling basic functional table ware. Today we are striving to maintain what led to the company success from the start and we keep our pot simple and unpretentious, with an emphasis on usability. Our ceramics are made to be used and enjoyed.
JOHN RYAN CERAMICS – Master craftsman John Ryan studied ceramics at Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny in 1993 where he finished top of his class before working for several of Ireland’s top studio potters. John then travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and Japan where he developed his skills as a potter. He set up his own studio in 1997 in the rural heartland of south county Sligo where he has been making functional and decorative stoneware ceramics for the past 20 years drawing inspiration from the simplicity and beauty of the surrounding landscape of the west of Ireland. All the pieces are hand thrown by John on the potter’s wheel then fired to stoneware temperature and decorated in food safe glazes which John has made up himself, all this make his work food safe, dishwasher and oven proof.
LOUIS MULCAHY – Louis Mulcahy designs and makes each one off piece. For multiples, such as tableware and lamp bases, he designs, makes and tests the prototypes, before handing over to his team of highly skilled assistants. Over the years he has continually refined his shapes and glazes for beauty and his clay body for durability. This devotion to quality has gained worldwide recognition and the pottery has a special reputation for its large pots and rich, lustrous glazes. These special creations are available exclusively from his studio at Clogher strand west of Dingle. Louis recently developed an exquisite range of fine porcelain pendant lamps. He has also developed a range of hand painted silk and cotton lampshades to complement his bases.
NOEL BYAS CERAMICS – Hi my name is Noel Byas. I am a mostly self taught Dublin based potter. My love affair with clay began back in 2016 after taking a short week long course in a local pottery studio. I fell in love with the whole process of making beautiful objects from such a natural material, it’s essentially making something from the earth in the ground that can last a lifetime and also be used in our every day life , I was immediately hooked. My work is all handmade, either on the potter’s wheel or hand-built using the coil and slab technique. A lot of my work is hand-carved to give interesting texture and all made with a stoneware clay body. I’m inspired by the surroundings in the city where I live – be it bark on a tree, the shape of a chimney pot or a building. I even sometimes incorporate into my work found branches and seed heads I may come across on my walks about the city in the Phoenix Park or along the Grand Canal.
CRANNMOR POTTERY – Crannmor Pottery is the work of Hilary Jenkinson and she has been creating pots for over 30 years. My love for clay began in Thomastown Co. Kilkenny during the Grennan Mill Craft Coarse. I continued onto the Crawford College of Art and Design and completed my diploma in Ceramic design. I returned to Thomastown and finished the Pottery Skills Coarse with a distinction and best pupil in 1992. The Celtic Spiral was my first simple decoration on my work and I continue with it on my Cornflower range. I took it from the stone that is at the entrance to New Grange. It is such a powerful symbol that has been used over the ages and worldwide. For me it is never ending and continually moving and that’s what I want my pots to be a part of your everyday life and continue onto the next generation.
FERMOYLE POTTERY – Fermoyle Pottery is an Irish owned and Kerry based pottery studio founded by partners Stephen O’Connell & Alexis Bowman. Born in Kerry, Stephen O’Connell completed his apprenticeship with Iveragh Ceramics in 2009. Originating from Australia, Alexis holds a degree in Fine Art and Design from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia. Their tableware has been commissioned by a number of restaurants including Aimsir in Kildare, Aniar in Galway, Ichigo Ichie in Cork, Allta Wine Bar in Dublin and Restaurant Chestnut in West Cork. They were nominated by Image Magazine for Best Tableware in the 2019 Image Interior Awards.
MARY O’ REGAN – I make functional pottery mostly on the wheel from a shed in my back garden. My background is actually in counselling and youth work and used to teach art as part of this work which is how I learned to make pots. I’m not formally trained in art or ceramics but my mum is a beautiful artist who has always inspired and motivated me to be creative. I love making objects you can touch and feel that brighten up your day when you use them. I use speckled stoneware that feels earthy and warm and sometimes porcelain for that gorgeous bright white contrast. I like glazing with vivid colours and change colour palettes with the seasons. I love seeing something I’ve made with all it’s smudges and curves out in the world, at home with someone else.
AISLING MCELWAIN – In 2014 Aisling took a leap of faith and decided to follow her passion. She left her career as a GIS Technician, working with spatial data and web mapping applications, to go study ceramics in the prestigious Pottery Skills School in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny – and loved every minute of it! Following graduation, she moved into Kilkenny and set up her ceramics studio in the heart of the city in January 2017. Her work is inspired by geology and the texture of the clay itself. All the work is designed and made by hand by Aisling in her studio. In 2017 Aisling was nominated by the Image Interiors Design Awards for Best Newcomer and in 2018 won the Image Interiors Design Award for Best Tableware.
CHLOE DOWDS – Every element of design has been considered to stimulate and heighten the user’s experience of the piece. The work is wheel-thrown and then altered. I add a spiral in the soft clay, then make an indent where the handle will go. This allows for stimulation of the sense of touch and makes the mugs very comfortable to hold. I indent a line into the handles intended as a texture for the thumb to explore. The rims of the mugs are thrown thinly which is crisp and pleasing for the lips. The base of each piece is individually polished leaving the translucent porcelain soft to the touch. The glossy glaze compliments the curves and echoes the use of liquid. I employ a soft, contemporary colour pallet reflecting the subtleties of colour I see within my environment. I mix the glazes by hand to recipes I have created specifically for these pieces.
AOIFE SLATTERY CERAMICS – Aoife graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2013 and has been practising in ceramics since. Her studio is based in Ballymorris just a short drive from Limerick City. Aoife works primarily with white earthenware clay using an unusual printing process to create her unique designs. Coloured slips are applied to a plaster slab by paint brushes, sponges, slip trailers and other tools with each tool making a unique mark. Clay is poured on top and when dry, the clay is cut into shapes and then folded. Aoife’s forms are often determined from this process. Features such as the fold detail on her bowls and jugs are a direct progression from her decorative process.
ARRAN STREET EAST – Arran Street East is an artisanal lifestyle brand, designing and making simple and beautiful ceramic tableware. Our studio is located in the busy Markets area in Dublin, Ireland, where we design and produce our hand-thrown pottery homewares. We make products that are authentic, with provenance and originality. Born from the search for a simple, hand-thrown pot in great colours, Arran Street East designs and produces homewares for people who enjoy simple, functional, and beautiful objects. We take time to design things that work, merging an architecturally influenced aesthetic and traditional processes to produce useful objects for everyday life, with pattern and symmetry as our watchwords.
he richness of rural life in Ireland.