Nicholas Mosse Pottery
Nicholas Mosse Pottery was established by Nicholas Mosse in 1976 after periods of training in England and Japan. His dream was to produce beautiful, functional pottery in the style of Irish Sponge ware. Irish sponge ware was the traditional pottery of Ireland used in the 18th Century. It was mainly made in simple honest shapes with a decoration applied with a cut sponge. The decoration was rurally inspired often using images of animals and plants popular in the region. The pottery was set up in an old flour mill in Bennettsbridge, producing his pottery in the traditional way by hand. The clay is mixed locally and the kilns were fired by hydropower from the nearby river Nore. Using the inspiration of the quiet rural surroundings, the pottery was decorated with a wide range of natural forms and patterns. From these small beginnings the business has evolved into being one of Ireland's best known and most popular potteries. We now produce an extensive range of patterns and shapes all still made and decorated by hand.