Open: Mon to Sat 09:00 – 17:00, Closed Sun. Bank holiday 12:00 – 17:00
About the Artist
A native of Cork, Ray Power set up Castle Arch Pottery in the Autumn of 1993 in Kilkenny’s famous Castle Yard, which sits under the gaze of Kilkenny Castle.
Each piece is made in small production batches on the potter’s wheel, allowing great attention be paid to decorative details such as handles, sprigs and to the fluent slip-trailed decoration with embossed surfaces. The penultimate stage sees each piece bisque fired to 1000cc before the final stage of glazing and firing again to 1200cc.
This guarantees the pottery will be both microwave and dishwasher safe. This traditional approach, typical of Irish country potteries, ensures that Castle Arch Pottery maintains its unique character.
The glazes used are both luscious and eye catching which have been carefully developed over the past 15 years. Taking inspiration from Celtic patterns such as the Newgrange spirals and traditional motifs and prints handed down through centuries of pattern making.
Our aim is to make bold honest pieces that will stand out and enhance any domestic setting be it formal or decorative.
2011 sees the launch of the Blossom Range. On holidays in the Loire Valley in France last year Ray wandered into a family run cafe in a small village. The tableware they were using had a lovely light feel to it, with lots of different pieces that came from different ranges, gathered by the family over the years. He sketched some ideas there and then on a napkin, and these ultimately became the Blossom Range.
There are five colourways to choose from – Jasmine White, Lavender Blue, French Grey, Duckegg Blue and Soft Pink, which can be mixed and matched to give that ‘collector’ feel that’s right on trend! Nowadays, it’s all about bringing things we like, things that reflect our own personality, into our homes.
The Blossom Range offers a full dinner service including teacup, cappuccino cup and saucer. The Interior Collection includes vases, lamps and various bowls in all the colourways. Other ranges include our ever popular Hampton Blue and Caspian Blue.