The BLACKBIRD Gallery is currently exhibiting a beautiful collection of ceramics by Callan native Claire Molloy.
Claire Molloy specialises in horsehair and smoke fired ceramics. The beautiful cream and black pieces are both sophisticated and contemporary and is influenced by the Irish rural environment and likes to create simple natural looking forms with subtle colours and textures. Her love of horses directly influences her horsehair pottery. She uses hair from her horse’s manes and tails to embellish the vessels and also uses wood shavings, straw and hay to create her smoke fired pots, all materials which are used to care for her horses. Claire studied ceramics at Galway and then attended The Ceramics Skills and Design course in Thomastown.
The Blackbird Gallery collaborates with Kilkenny Design on issues relating to ceramics striving to provide the very best of Irish Craft. has to offer Claire also creates individual pots for horse owners, where each pot is decorated with hair from a particular horse to create a unique memento. Claire’s work is collectable and affordable , perfect for a Christmas gift with prices starting at €39. The Blackbird Gallery in the Castle Yard is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 5pm.