A potter who shaped his own path in Kerry
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is defined by its untamed beauty. Staggering mountains, foaming Atlantic seascapes and rugged cliffs make it one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world. For distinguished potter, Louis Mulcahy, this is the backdrop for his lifelong passion.
Gazing across the Blasket Islands on the Clogher headland in Dingle, the most westerly point in Europe, you’ll find Louis Mulcahy Pottery. It’s here that Louis has created decorative pots, hand-brushed plates and exquisite lamps that have set trends seen to this day in Ireland.
Louis explains how the dramatic surrounds of his workshop have seeped into his work: "The colours of the sea and mountains around me are mirrored in my pots. Likewise, the massive winter waves exploding against our cliffs have driven my desire to create big sculptural works."
He adds, "I did not predetermine this. Rather, it is a subconscious reflection of what I see as beautiful in my day to day."
Curious visitors can check out professional throwers shaping pots and learn about techniques like casting and glazing in Louis’ County Kerry workshop. There’s also an open room for those looking to get their hands dirty and create their own misshapen masterpieces on the potter’s wheel.