Alan Gaillard Stoneware Pottery
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The Stone House, Westport Road, Clifden, Galway,
Mr Alan Gaillard
Gaillard Pottery was first created in the early 1970's in Dublin by Alan Gaillard Shattock and has recently re-opened at his new purpose built studio in Clifden, Connemara.
Alan Gaillard Pottery is now in production at his eco-friendly studio in Clifden, Connemara, possibly the first near carbon-neutral pottery in Ireland as Alan generates 85% of ALL energy used in the house and studio workshop with a wind turbine. Using all natural raw materials for his glazes, to his own and his (late) parents’ recipes, Alan is again producing wonderful domestic tableware forms in immensely strong reduction-fired stoneware and unique hand-built pieces and lamp-bases. All his tableware is oven, microwave and dishwasher proof. Popular glazes include dolomite and iron, sometimes with splashes of cobalt and an occasional classic Japanese tenmoku.
In early 2013 Alan introduced a new natural green celadon glaze incorporating locally sourced marble, decorated with a brushed Galway hooker (a traditional Irish sailing boat) motif. Another addition to Alan’s work combines intricate beach-combed driftwood, uncannily moulded by the sea into lifelike forms, with hand-built ceramic bases.
Demonstrations of pottery and felt artwork available by appointment. Ample parking and toilet available. Superb views over Streamstown bay.